Don't miss the race-by-race verdicts and nap selection for Wednesday's meeting at Chantilly, courtesy of resident tipster Man On The Spot.
10.00 (All times BST, live on Sky Sports Racing): Christophe Soumillon has been quickly among the winners since racing resumed and has the plum ride in this on CELESTIN (NAP). He partnered the Dabirsim colt on debut last year but Pierre-Charles Boudot was on board for subsequent victories at Clairefontaine and Toulouse, the latter win coming in Listed company. He’s proven on the ground and over the trip and should complete the hat-trick. Coronado Beach is also chasing a three-timer on his return to action but is having a first run on Turf and away from Deauville. Delta Spirit didn’t appear to enjoy the Polytrack in February so may be the pick of the remainder ahead of Moshadid, who probably didn’t beat much over further here in March, and the once-raced Winwood.
10.30: Twelve Bros has been running on the all-weather and Private Romance had an outing at Saint Cloud in March but it will be disappointing if this isn’t another one for Soumillon with SIMEEN defending an unbeaten record. Twice a winner over 7f last season, the Aga Khan’s Lope De Vega filly is out of a mare than won here over 1m2f so she is sure to enjoy the extra furlong. Jessely should find this easier than the Group 2 she contested at Maisons-Laffitte in October but a bigger danger may be Godolphin’s Bionic Woman. She was an honourable fourth in the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp in October after winning at Saint Cloud and there is likely to be more to come this year.
11.00: A big field of unraced two-year-olds is hardly an attractive proposition for punters but Sport Dream is fancied to run well being by Dream Ahead out of an Azamour mare, though she’ll probably need a bit further. Pierre-Charles Boudot will be determined to wrest the jockeys’ title for Maxime Guyon this year and TOKYO can boost his early tally. The Dark Angel filly is a half-sister to two winners and out of a mare that won three times on the all-weather. Guyon rides Cosmic Lope but her chance is less obvious on breeding. Evasion and Citadelle are worth a market check however.
11.30: It’s the turn of the unraced colts and geldings in this maiden and the same rules apply as in the previous race with a watching brief largely advised. The champion jockey partners Oneonechop for Andrew Hollinshead, son of the legendary Reg. The colt’s pedigree is nothing special but he’s worth considering. Artico also falls into that category while Mickaelle Michel’s claim could help Chant D’Automne, who is out of an Oasis Dream mare and a half-sister to a winner over 7f and a mile. GIULIO CESARE is also by Dabirsim and the first foal to race of a Listed winner so he gets the nod ahead of the well-connected Ornamental Glitter with Barzalona doing the steering.
12.00: The fact that these newcomers are starting off in a claimer doesn’t bode well for their long-term future. It’s another contest in which the market will be the best guide but it is surely significant that Boudot partners RUBIS GOLD for the in-form Philippe Sogorb. From his base near the Pyrenees, the trainer sent out a Group 3 winner on Monday and has had another couple of winners since. His entry in this is a brother to a 5f Beverley debut winner for Richard Fahey. Teagra is by Garswood so shouldn’t be short of speed and Dia De Muertos may prove the pick of the remainder.
12.30: This looks a competitive conditions event with several likely to improve in their second season. Andre Fabre’s filly Marbling is one of those having found only one too good over 7f at Compiegne in October on her only start, though that form hasn’t worked out. Hurricane Ivor had two runs over 5f here last summer, winning one and finishing last in the other. He should handle the extra furlong and Crew Dragon can’t be ignored as he came good over track and trip in November and has the beating of last year’s Deauville winner Ayaad on collateral form. SPIRIT INTIME showed speed on heavy going at Saint-Cloud on debut and duly got off the mark on Polytrack at Deauville at the end of last year. He’ll need more to follow up in this but could do well in sprints this season. Fantastic Diamond also has a chance on these terms.
13.12: A winner at Maisons-Laffitte in October, WANAWAY returned with a bang when landing a Listed race over a slightly shorter trip here in March. She beat Yann Barberot’s pair Abama and My Love’s Passion a shade cosily and looks to have strengthened up over the winter. Bavaria Baby also looks held on that form but her stablemate Porcelaine ran well when fourth on the all-weather here in March and could be interesting if translating that form to Turf. Mutal made a winning reappearance over the trip at Toulouse and should again beat Xaaros while Wooded is capable of running well fresh.
13.47: The former Andrew Balding inmate Viscount Barfield won on heavy going at Deauville last summer and ended the last campaign with a good third at Fontainebleau. Despite top weight, he can’t be ignored while course and distance winner Wind Test may have a fitness advantage over some having finished second on the Polytrack in March. Film was strongly fancied at Cagnes-Sur-Mer in February but finished last. MUTTRAH FORT has a modest strike-rate but rarely runs a bad race and, with conditions to suit today, could make up for last year’s frustrations by taking this on his reappearance with jockey bookings suggesting he’s preferred to stable companion Slickteg. Further down the weights, Ross Castle and the ex-Harry Dunlop-trained Goldino Bello could also figure.
14.22: A winner over track on trip on debut for Andre Fabre, Vautrin has been running on the all-weather over the winter and could go close to a second career success. His yard also run Shams Brazilero, who won on Polytrack here in February. LOQUEN showed ability in his first season and it was no surprise when he justified favouritism over 7f on Polytrack here on his reappearance. This is a slightly better race but there is probably more to come and Arnaud Muste takes off a valuable 3lb. Noordhout completed a double at Maisons-Laffitte in the autumn but the handicapper then took charge and it’s difficult to see him winning again off his current mark. Parigote is much better on artificial surfaces.
14.57: A low-key end to proceedings with nothing leaping off the page. Veterans Royal Aspiration and Chef Oui Chef would have a chance on the pick of their form while Happy Dream won at Maisons-Laffitte around this time last year and is unlikely to fail through lack of fitness. We’ll take a chance on SMART MOVE, who had probably gone over the top when disappointing at Saint-Cloud in October. He’d been showing up well in better company previously and has dropped to a fair mark, though hasn’t won for a long time and there is an absence to overcome. Voltereta also has a squeak under a 4lb claimer.
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