Racing recommenced behind closed doors in France on Monday for the first time since March, with a stellar card, attracting interest not only in France but internationally too. There were four Group races and lots of surprises, with plenty of rain overnight, leaving the ground very soft.
The Wine Tipster kicked off in style in his Unibet Racing blog with his nap Batwan obliging at 10/1 in the Prix De Saint-Georges Group 3. Way To Paris at 28/1, looked overpriced in the Prix d’Harcourt, given he had finished second to Arc winner Waldgeist last September and was going to thrive in the ground. He finished second to reward each way backers in style in his Unibet Racing blog.
Thursday’s card at Longchamp has two Group races and three Listed contests on a ten-race card, with plenty of quality on show this meeting has been overlooked. Unlike Monday’s meeting, conditions, whilst soft, look likely to provide results nearer to the top of the market, hence my selections.
Have a good day.
10.40 Longchamp Prix La Force (Group 3) 1m 1f
Both Pao Alto and Ocean Atlantique have the potential to do much better as 3yos, but the former isn’t proven on the forecast very soft ground and the latter’s yard (Andre Fabre) have been slow to start the season. That comment applies to Freddie Head as well, so his once-raced winner Another Sky may be best watched too. With no stamina or ground doubts about MKFANCY, take him to make all in this small field.
Unibet 5/2 win
11.10 Longchamp Prix Vanteaux (Group 3) 1m 1f
Emoji is unbeaten in two starts and could be a tough nut to crack if fit, and the fact she has had a run before the lockdown started can only help in that regard. However, FLIGHTY LADY’s third in last year’s G1 Prix Marcel Boussac is form right out of the top drawer and given her pedigree she can only improve for this extra furlong. Proven on ground with plenty of cut too, she can come out on top.
Unibet 6/4 win
11.40 Longchamp Prix Zarkava (Listed) 1m 2½f
This looks quite open. Wonderment never really went on from his Group 1 win at Saint-Cloud in 2018 but would be a big threat if returning to that sort of form, but he may want better ground regardless. Queen did nothing but improve throughout last year and her close second to Fanny Logan at Newmarket on her final start reads well enough, but the trip here is a concern. Grand Glory’s third in the G1 Prix De Diane is the best bit of form on show but preference is for BOLLEVILLE, who relishes soft ground, is a proven stayer and rounded off last year with a 4½l thrashing of Dariyma (reopposes here) at Saint-Cloud.
Unibet 9/2 each way
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