Horse Racing tips: Our 3 best bets at Auteuil on Sunday

Jason Kiely has a NAP, a next best and an each-way punt in mind.

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A ten-race card at Auteuil on Sunday may sound too daunting to those who have spent a full week punting at the Cheltenham Festival, however, many of this week’s winners started their careers in France, so the earlier we find them, the better! I always find at Auteuil that it takes three or four meetings to really get a gauge on things like yard from, track bias etc. Having assessed the situation over the last few weeks, I am really looking forward to this Sunday’s card, especially both my NAP and NB selections.

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12.30 – Sans Bruit (NAP)

Although his horses were extremely under the weather this winter, trainer David Cottin has clawed his way back into the winner’s enclosure of late. The trainer should kick off Sunday’s card with a winner, in the shape of four-year-old chaser Sans Bruit. Making his chasing debut here, the son of Triple Threat competed at the highest level over hurdles and took a Gr.3 at Auteuil last term, along with also getting the better of the now Willie Mullins trained Gaelic Warrior, who just missed out in Tuesday’s Boodles Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham.

With only the five runners involved here, Sans Bruit should be able to dicate and on all known form, he is streets clear of nearest rival Ain’t Got Wings and the Cottin yard have always touted him as a better over the larger obstacles. Barring accident, Sans Bruit will be expected to kick off his chasing career in style, he it a clear NAP for me and it would be no surprise to see him transfer to the UK next season.

17.10 – Hawai Du Berlais (NB)

The Gr.3 Prix d’Indy looks extremely hot this term, with the like of Gr.1 winner Kyrov, Golden Son and Bathyscaphe amongst the seven declared for the €120,000 contest. However, fillies have a great recent record in this race and Hawai Du Berlais fits the bill perfectly here. Trained by Arnaud Chaille – Chaille, the daughter of Martaline is undefeated in three starts and may just strip a deal fitter than her three aforementioned rivals.

Although she is the least experienced in the field, Hawai Du Berlais has performed with supreme professionalism, jumping slickly and possessing a very high cruising speed. From an excellent family, this filly could be top class and considering she benefits from a 3kg allowance on Sunday, I think she will be very difficult to beat, even in a field this competitive.

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14.15 – Chichi De La Vega (EW)

There are a lot of ‘ifs’ surrounding the Robert Collet trained Chichi De La Vega in the Listed handicap hurdle, but the five-year-old filly has shown plenty of promise in her early career and it looks only a matter of time before she wins a big pot. A handicap master, Collet brings Chichi De La Vega here fresh, and this is a family the trainer knows well so fitness shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

At the prices, and with sixteen runners, I think this filly could be on to sneak under the radar. She steps up into open company here, but that is reflected in her weight allowance , where she is effectively 1.5kgs ‘well-in’. She was beaten into second by Colbert Du Berlais in an Auteuil handicap last term, who since went on to finish second at Gr.1 level. Chichi De La Vega looks very well handicapped in a very open contest and a strong each-way punt could be the value option of the day.

Auteuil betting tips:

12.30 – Sans Bruit (NAP)
17.10 – Hawai Du Berlais (NB)
14.15 – Chichi De La Vega (EW)

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