Spring is within the air and with greater than € 500,000 on supply on the menu for at the moment’s eight races, the Hippodrome d’Auteuil is the rendezvous this afternoon.
The Prix Juigne Groupe Trois (3:45 p.m.) is the end result of an action-packed map on the Paris circuit.
At this time’s race gives an actual first take a look at a few of France’s greatest horses this season and our man at Chantilly, Jason Kiely, highlights just a few names to be careful for earlier than the race kicks off at 12.58 .
Stellar document within the Prix Juigne extensive open
Within the absence of final 12 months’s Autonomie winner, ten horses held their very own within the Groupe Trois Prix Juigne (3:45 p.m.) – the primary actual take a look at of the season for high hurdles.
Autonomie coach François Nicolle has a wonderful latest document within the 3,600m race and saddles three of the runners. Each Polisud and Flying Startandco ought to have their work reduce out for them, however Nicolle’s third consultant Becquarainbow might be the darkish horse on this tightly knit realm. The five-year-old gelding has been a revelation since his stint at Royan-based Nicolle, and has not completed outdoors the highest two in his earlier seven begins. Becquarainbow verified the 2020 season with a Listed hat-trick on this run and journey, and it would not be stunning to see him transfer as much as the Group Three stage with ease.
Coach David Cottin hopes that Auteuil’s return could convey a change of luck in his yard, after an extremely disappointing winter assembly in Pau.
Chantilly-based coach saddles Paul’s saga, favourite for the function movie this afternoon and winner of the French Hurdles Champion final season. Certainly one of 4 mares on the sphere, Paul’s Saga was final seen ending second at Warwick final month and the Connections opted to swerve on the Cheltenham Competition and got here right here as an alternative. Cottin additionally saddles the much-vaunted Happiness perpetually (14.45) on the map, a brother of the excessive stage hedge Kasbah Bliss.
Enterprising leech seeks to proceed French raid
As Henry Spiller and Tom George skilled for the winners in France yesterday, coach Sophie Leech is eager to develop into the third UK-based handler to cross a winner throughout the pond this weekend .
The enterprising leech is definitely no stranger to France and has raised greater than € 380,000 in prizes all through the 2020 French season.
The profitable marketing campaign included 10 winners and 33 rankings from simply 59 runners – an unimaginable achievement. Working within the colours of James Finch, Little one King (14.15) is attempting to do higher than his second place on this course in the direction of the top of final season and should have discovered the monitor a bit too energetic at Pau final time round.
An additional 400m ought to solely assist the seven-year-old’s possibilities and he’s favourite for this € 100,000 handicap afternoon on the fences, the place he seems nicely weighted to attain beneath his common accomplice James Reveley.
Zuliani deserves to be adopted all through the afternoon
At solely twenty years previous and already topped champion jockey, it is no shock that Angelo Zuliani has an envious e-book of rides all through this afternoon’s race.
His 5 mounts have been all supplied by his boss (and champion coach Francois Nicolle) and the younger jockey may simply rating on all of them – all 5 have been positioned first or second of their final races, together with the hope of the nice race. Becquarainbow.
Grasp Dino (12.58) is probably the weakest of Zuliani’s 5 possibilities this afternoon because the gelding experiences Auteuil for the primary time, though the pair put in a great effort to complete second at Angers final month.
Gaboriot (14.15) is extraordinarily progressive and adopted this course and distance nicely final time round. He has quite a lot of further weight to hold however stays one of the vital attention-grabbing horses within the race.
Good work (15.15) has proven nice ability in his two begins and will play an enormous position if he makes it to the Auteuil limitations.
And eventually, Pasha Senam (16.45) returns to the hurdles at the moment after a irritating streak of standings in higher fence races. He ought to make a profitable comeback right here if he reaches his official ranking.