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Francis Graffard’s stable has been flying since the resumption and it has a likely candidate in this in PAIX. Pierre-Charles Boudot’s record for the yard over the last week has been exemplary and he rides the daughter of Muhaarar who is out of a Listed and Group 3 winner and a half-sister to two winners. Seamia’s pedigree is even more impressive as she is by Sea The Stars out of Arc winner Polemia so her paddocks value will go through the roof if she can pick earn some black type herself this year. Bay View is a half-sister to a Listed winner and definitely worth a second look but this is a maiden that is likely to provide several future winners.
10.40 - Racecard and form
Once again, the market will likely be the best guide to these unraced colts and geldings. Several colours will be familiar to UK racing fans, including those worn by Aurelien Lemaitre on Civilian. However, it’s probably not a good sign that the Highclere Thoroughbred colt sports blinkers on debut. Royaume Uni’s silks are usually seen on Ballydoyle runners but he is trained by Andre Fabre and is a brother to a 1m4f winner in Ireland. The Aga Khan’s SHERAZ is by Sea The Stars and a half-brother to three winners between 1m2f and 1m4f so looks to have the ideal credentials. He gets a tentative vote ahead of Khalid Abdullah’s Frankel colt Woodstock Park and High Tech, who is out of a mare which has produced winners with three of her offspring to so far race. The US-bred Tiger Touch was an expensive purchase so shouldn’t be ignored along with Met Office.
11.10 - Racecard and form
National Service made a winning start on the all-weather at Chantilly in December but MOUJIK (NAP) also recorded a debut victory at Toulouse in October and that looks much stronger form with the second, third and fourth in that contest having already won races this year. King Pacha, a winner at Longchamp in the autumn when Lipsink was fourth, took in a Listed race here in March and will appreciate a drop back in grade but Seeking Dickens is having a first run for Jo Hughes and a first away from the less-salubrious surrounding of Nantes.
11.40 - Racecard and form
Vanada was very disappointing in a Listed race here in March having won her maiden on the track in November. She should find this easier but WAAHAAT’s supporters will also be looking to recoup losses. The Siyouni filly was impressive when making a winning start over course and distance in September and she didn’t appear to be enjoying the Polytrack when narrowly beaten at Deauville the following month. Black Fever improved with every run last year and may have more to offer this season. Coralie Pacaut’s claim will aid her cause but Mary France’s surprise victory in the spring came on the all-weather. Karankawa’s form last year was also modest.
12.10 - Racecard and form
After beating Grande Star at Angers in November, Genola was sent to Cheltenham on New Year’s Day and far from disgraced. She may offer more value than stablemate Gannat, who carries a Grade 1 penalty after springing a surprise in the Prix Jacques de Vienne over course and distance in the autumn when Goldie Star was only sixth. FARAFRA’s bumper form stands up the closest scrutiny, especially her victory in Grade 2 here in October when Fatima De Clerval was well beaten. She goes well fresh and is unlikely to be far away again.
12.50 - Racecard and form
Fabrice Vermeulen saddles the top two in a wide-open handicap. Both are fit from the all-weather so it’s difficult to choose between the pair with Maxime Guyon riding Matandar and Cristian Demuro on Richemont. TOP MAX only won once in 2019, at Le Lion d’Angers, but also placed at Longchamp, Chantilly and Maisons-Laffitte and the Joshua Tree gelding might be the one to beat if fully wound-up as he’s better off at the weights than when beaten a short-neck by Moonlight Symphony on his final start. Kiev is well drawn, near the foot of the weights and ended last year with a win on the all-weather at Deauville so could play a part and a case can also be made for Hallalulu and Reliable Son.
13.25 - Racecard and form
A high draw is a concern but Lucky Break is probably open to improvement on Turf. Christophe Soumillon is an interesting jockey booking for the former William Haggas-trained Sea Wings and Plage Keller was in good form here around this time last year. Mustaqqir was improving on the all-weather over the winter and La Gaeta won over track and trip in March, though has changed stables since. ARUM could be another for Henri-Alex Pantall and Pierre-Charles Boudot as her second at Angers in November is just about the best form on offer. Mon Ciel Etoile is best on artificial surfaces.
14.00 - Racecard and form
Truco probably has a bit to prove on Turf but this may not be the strongest of handicaps. Suquitho placed twice at a similar level last season after winning her maiden and should be thereabouts if fit. Perfecto was staying on at Chantilly on his return to action and this is a slight drop in grade but this can go to BOBYDARGENT. Though the grey has only won on the all-weather so far, he has shown ability on Turf and was thought good enough to take on Listed company last spring.
14.35 - Racecard and form
This won’t take much winning and it may be worth taking a chance on the fitness of CHUCK SPORT. He produced his best performance first-time up last season when scoring at Maisons-Laffitte and has a similar absence to overcome today. The veteran Lloydminster is more likely to need this run but Ministrable has already run four times this year so shouldn’t fail through lack of match practice. Gaetano Donizetti only won a claimer at Chantilly in February but this isn’t much better, though he’s having a first run for new connections. Big Letters is probably better treated than most with Cecilia Poirier taking off 3lb so may be best of the rest.
15.10 - Racecard and form
A very weak finale can go to Vincent Cheminaud’s mount AL RASSOUL, who has tumbled to a lowly mark having struggled again on the all-weather over the winter. On his second at Chantilly a year ago, he’s the pick of the weights. Konig Chouchen could figure on the pick of his Turf form last season but Magic Mac’s third at Cagnes-Sur-Mer in February was probably a fluke. Prost is definitely one for the shortlist, however, and Rise Hit is another with decent claims.
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