Horse Racing Tips: The 3 best bets at Cagnes-Sur-Mer on Sunday

Our man on the ground, Jason Kiely, serves up three best bets at Cagnes-Sur Mer on Sunday afternoon.

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With over €330,000 on offer, this Sunday’s card at Cagnes-sur-Mer promises some high-class action with multiple listed and group races as the Hippodrome de Cote d’Azur hosts its final jumps meeting of the winter.

I have been following the winter season at the southern track with extreme interest in recent weeks and although the ground conditions look extremely testing, I am sure I have found a few solid lines of form where we can invest some euro’s this weekend. I am particularly looking forward to my ‘Dark Horse’, he’s not quite the finished article and could be one that keeps improving here at Cagnes.

13.15 Berjou (NAP)

The Group 3 Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice is the one that everybody wants to win at Cagnes and last year’s winner BERJOU looks well positioned for an attempt to retain his crown. The David Windrif trained seven-year-old was well on his way to a bloodless success in a preparation race for this event two weeks ago when a miscommunication between both Berjou and his regular partner Nicolas Gauffenic resulted in an unfortunate unseating at the second last with the race in safe keeping.

With Gauffenic subsequently injured in that incident, it is now Nathalie Desoutter who takes over the reins on Berjou. He has been in solid form throughout the season and shows a particular fondness for the track at Cagnes-Sur-Mer. He is the class horse of the race and if he runs up to his official mark here then a second success in this race is likely, provided the new partnership remains intact.

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12.40 Gold Tweet (NB)

A horse that should be in everyone’s tracker! GOLD TWEET has always shown plenty of ability since his win on his hurdles debut last May.

The Gabriel Leender’s trained four-year-old was possibly too immature in the immediate aftermath of that debut success and was well held in some black-type events around Auteuil. Looking a more furnished gelding this winter and having always been a very efficient jumper, Leender’s decided to make the switch to the larger obstacles with Gold Tweet on Christmas Day.

Still a three-year-old that day, Gold Tweet looked like a seasoned pro and went on to win on the bridle on his chase debut. Training sensation Leender’s (who for the first time trained over 100 winners in 2020) has always held the gelding in high regard and he could make it three form three at the track in this Listed novice’s chase.

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12.05 BRIC (Dark Horse)

The winter season at Cagnes-Sur-Mer has been quite fruitful one for BRIC who has consistently been in the frame since his easy win in a handicap on December 4th. The gelding’s new pilot Maxime Lefebvre rides this track at Cagnes better than most and I would be very surprised if Bric doesn’t score again here.

Unlike the system in the UK, Bric goes unpenalised for two second-placed defeats in premier handicaps on his previous two starts and connections can exploit his unchanged mark here, for what is a marked drop in class. In my opinion, he hasn’t finished progressing yet and Bric could easily string a series of victories together at this level and may well be better over a fence in time.

I will certainly be having a few €’s on Bric this weekend and a small stakes treble on BERJOU, GOLD TWEET and BRIC may just round off an excellent winter meeting at Cagnes-Sur-Mer.

 

Tips for Cagnes-Sur-Mer on Sunday

13.15 Berjou (NAP)
12.40 Gold Tweet (NB)
12.05 BRIC (Dark Horse)

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