Check out our race-by-race verdicts and nap selection for Saturday's meeting at Bordeaux Le Bouscat.
10.45 (BST, live on Sky Sports Racing) - click here for racecard & form: A Group 2 for Arabian-breds and AMYR DU SOLEIL, on a four-timer and the winner of a Group 1 at Saint-Cloud in October with several of these behind, will be at short odds and very difficult to beat. Artemis finished behind Min'ha in a Toulouse Group 2 but reversed the form in Group 1 company at Saint-Cloud later.
11.15 - click here for racecard & form: FROHSIM ended 2019 with a course and distance success and has shown further progress this year winning both outings so far including a Class 1 conditions race at Deauville last time. Christophe Ferland’s colt should be at home in this higher grade and gets the vote. Fantastic Spirit scored at Cagnes back in February and is another likely to figure on that form but Again Music will need to improve having struggled at Toulouse in March. Coco Caline drops down in trip and is upped in class after winning at Pornichet though is still preferred to maiden winner Sayidah Kodiac and To Fly Free.
11.45 - click here for racecard & form: Jean-Claude Rouget has sent a strong team that includes NO TURNING. He was expected to improve at Lyon last time with an earlier debut effort under his belt and duly opened his account. Further progress is expected today and he’s just preferred to Anca. The latter made a winning debut at Longchamp last year and is better than a recent poor effort in Listed company at Toulouse suggests while American Beach won a maiden race here last time having earlier struggled in this grade. The remainder also have something to prove at this level with Raamez perhaps best of them.
12.15 - click here for racecard & form: Diamond Vendome is capable at this level on his day and Maxime Guyon is back on board but that pair could only manage fourth behind runner-up Aubevoye in Listed company at Cagnes in February. The latter has every chance in this but looks likely to find stablemate JOE FRANCAIS (NAP) too good. Jean-Claude Rouget’s charge was rested after struggling in last year’s French Derby but has won both outings so far this year including a convincing three-length success over track and trip last time and should have the measure of these. Mr Satchmo had an outing in Qatar earlier this year having ended 2019 with a Listed victory at Marseilles Borely and is preferred to Velma Valento of the remainder.
12.45 - click here for racecard & form: An Arabian-bred maiden race can go to AL EFREETA, who went close before struggling in a Group 1 Arab race at Saint-Cloud and looks best of her yard’s three runners. Francois Rohaut also runs three with Al Mahbooba preferred while Chafika is worth noting with Maxime Guyon doing the steering.
13.17 - click here for racecard & form: A couple of these stand out from the rest. Influx won easily at Salon-De-Provence last week and should go well again despite facing a tougher task but MENSEN ERNST makes most appeal. A runner-up in this grade at Toulouse in March, today’s extra distance should suit the Rouget colt having landed a double at the track back in October and he gets the vote to return to winning ways. The remainder will do well to trouble the principals but Pilgrim posted a better effort last time and may prove best of them.
13.52 - click here for racecard & form: Pirata Tesoro won a handicap at Longchamp in October and Picnic Royal also returns to action having landed a handicap at Toulouse in the same month. But Sagaroi makes more appeal having beaten the re-opposing Mad River when scoring over track and trip in November and can figure once again. GUARDIAN FAY ended 2019 well beaten in a Group 1 contest in Germany but had won a maiden race over today’s trip at Saint-Cloud before that under Maxime Guyon. Reunited with the latter for this, she gets a speculative vote on her reappearance with more to come from her this year.
14.32 - click here for racecard & form: Another Arabian-bred contest with Croucracq, Frisson Bleue and Gege De Faust all bidding for hat-tricks on their return to action. But GALAXIAS UP beat Gold De La Brunie, Galaxy Dream, Free Volo and Silas Angel over track and trip in February and looks worth sticking with in this.
15.07 - click here for racecard & form: Few make any appeal though AKINATHOR GAME has obvious claims bidding for a hat-trick having returned a wide-margin winner at Toulouse last time. He had Kano Kefi back in third on that occasion and looks the one to beat in his current form. French Plaisir is another with a shout having been narrowly beaten on the all-weather at Pau the last twice while Syrah Malpic won at the latter track back in December. Bar Breacker landed a double last autumn and can figure if in the same form on his return.
15.37 - click here for racecard & form: Saga Ouatina was still well beaten when runner-up at Toulouse and remains without win but stablemate LE BASTAN looks to have stronger claims. He found only one too good over track and trip on his reappearance and may prove the one to side with. Chocolat Day won over a longer trip at Auch in February when Pedraza Lescribaa finished third but the latter may do better today with Olivier Peslier’s presence taking the eye while Louve Dancer, Reve De Chop and Baileys Diamant were all placed on their latest starts with the latter making most appeal.
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