Race-by-race analysis and nap selection for Saturday’s meeting at Auteuil in France
TAB BETS for this meeting = ALL RACES: Commingled Win, Place, Exacta OR Swinger and Quinella (FIRST, SECOND any order); RACES 5-9 SA pools Trifecta, Quartet AND Jackpot (RACES 6-9).
All bets R1 unit, minimum bet R6 (minimum EACHWAY Bet = R3 Win, R3 Place = R6).
French PMU Tote Rules: SWINGER and QUINELLA if 8 or more runners, EXACTA if 4 to 7 runners. PLACE: Less than 4 runners no Place betting, 4-7 runners payouts FIRST, SECOND, 8 or more runners payouts FIRST, SECOND, THIRD.
If more than 30 carded, TAB operates SA pools on race and TAB SA rules apply. In such races all runners numbered 30 and higher are bracketed as Number 30, which can only qualify once for dividend purposes.
TELEVISION: Races 1-9 TT1 (in TABs/Tellytrack ch 239 DStv).
Phumelela TAB: call bets only = call venue key 93 to bet. Gold Circle: mark SPE oval.
Race 1 12.05: Placed at Pau and Angers at the start of the year, GYPSY DE LA ROQUE was taking on better opposition at Compiegne when last seen and has solid claims in this. The lightly-raced Gentilhomme looked as though he was getting his act together over course and distance in February while Purple Light took a big step forward here in March having only won a claiming hurdle at Fontainebleau previously. Galloping Star has something to prove, however, having pulled up at Compiegne when last in action. Qui Fait Fortune has shown ability in a couple of starts and has a 9lb claimer on board so may prove the pick of the remainder.
Race 2 12.35: Only four of these have racecourse experience. Miss Maia looks the pick of those as she won a maiden on the Flat at Le Pin Du Haras in October before finishing well beaten at Angers. Several of these are by the established NH sire Martaline and Trheliga is definitely worth a second look but James Reveley partners BARONNE DU BERLAIS for David Cottin. She is likely to know what’s required and is preferred to stable companion Queen Du Berlais. Hawai Tree is out of a Kapgarde mare so is bred for jumping while A Babord represent Guillaume Macaire.
Race 3 13.05: Gooaal only raced once over hurdles but is on a hat-trick over fences after victories at Angers and Compiegne and probably still on an upward curve, though is upped in grade again and has to give weight all round. Nanosecond has never finished out of the first two and beat Gochetial a couple of lengths here on her chasing bow. She looks the pick of her trainer’s four entries but the runner-up is now 9lb better off. Arbarok is having a first run since down the field in Listed company in October so we’ll rely on the experience of GALANT DU CHENET. He has won here and at Pau and was also successful over hurdles on this track in February.
Race 4 13.35: A competitive Listed handicap in which the weights are headed by Denomedenuo, who beat JAMES DU BERLAIS three lengths in a similar contest in March. A winner here in November, Robert Collet’s charge is now 8lb better off so is entitled to turn the tables. Mamartre won at Compiegne last time when Pretendante and Vale Quainthe were among the also-rans while there is probably more to come from Raffles Sainte, who can confirm Compiegne running with Loradame. Raf Tavel placed twice at Pau around the turn of the year and is one to note for future reference but Holy Child has been chasing.
Race 5 14.05: NIMES (NAP) created a very favourable impression when well supported on debut at Compiegne in March. That’s earned him a small penalty but he should be able to shrug that off against today’s opposition. Yes Indeed has the beating I’m Walkin’ and should be winning soon while Shawinigan is jumps bred and showed promise when third to Monmiral over a shorter trip here on his first start. Heros D’ainay is a half-brother to a bumper and hurdles winner and out of a Grade 3 winning jumper so is worth a market check.
Race 6 14.35: Ebonite beat the consistent Poly Grandchamp in the Grade 3 Troytown Chase in March and hasn’t finished outside the first two in any of her last seven races. She finished ahead of Carriacou in the Grade 1 La Haye Jousselin Chase last season but the latter will strip fitter for a run over hurdles in the spring. Roxinela hasn’t raced since winning a Grade 2 here in November but Feu Follet won at Compiegne in March, though has a bit to prove in this company over the larger obstacles. Amour du Mathan is also only five so may have more to offer but this can go to FIGUERO, who beat older horses for the first time over hurdles earlier this year and looked a class act when winning the Maurice Gillois last season.
Race 7 15.15: BEBE D’OR went from strength-to-strength last season and may still be a step ahead of the handicapper on his return to action in this Grade 3. Deportetoi is a smart performer in chases but faces a tough task under top weight on his return to hurdling. Echo De Champdoux won twice over hurdles in 2018 and was having his first start over the smaller obstacles since when fourth here on his reappearance so he enters calculations along with Foreign Flower, who has placed twice in decent company this year. Bounwell and Guaduloup also have a squeak and the latter’s stablemate Staunton Street isn’t badly treated returning to handicaps.
Race 8 15.45: Nathalie Desoutter clearly gets on well with Katy Love, who has won three of her four hurdle starts. This is her first run at Auteuil but she is very capable. Philanthrope has started favourite for all three starts since giving weight and a beating to Liberty Belle at Clairefontaine in September but she has been beaten each time and was particularly disappointing here in November. Her trainer also runs Femme D’action and La Doix but ZIALIGHT is preferred. A debut winner at Pau in January, she was only beaten a short-head by Galance Forever on her second start here in March and was probably a bit unlucky. More will be required in this but there is plenty of untapped potential.
Race 9 16.15: A modest finale restricted to conditional jockeys. Several of these are probably better fences but Fantasia Du Rock is due a change of luck having found only one too good in her last three starts. Royal Navy Warship has been doing his winning in claimers while veteran Vic Royal has done little since successful here in the autumn. Birdparker also makes limited appeal but Eclair Du Maffray will likely be popular. SANTANA DU BERLAIS was a fair third here last time and wouldn’t need to improve much on that to come out on top today.