Keeping a close eye on any market movers ahead of the opening claimer would be wise with all these juveniles making their racecourse debuts. Midnight Breeze is a nicely bred son of Myboycharlie and gets the vote with trainer Cedric Rossi and jockey Marvin Grandin a potent combination. Stable-mate Divin Jules is another with a speedy pedigree while Swetty Beauty for Frederic Rossi is also on the shortlist.
A host of exposed runners for this 7.5-furlong three-year-old handicap with Le Gastronome our pick for trainer Frederic Rossi. The lightly raced mount of Sylvain Ruis was only beaten a neck in a maiden in March and runs in a handicap for the first time today. Top-weight Tawhiri might have to settle for place with the consistent Faithfully Man the main danger following good runs earlier this year.
The feature conditions race, the Blanche Stakes over 7.5-furlongs looks a competitive affair with Lady Galore, Healer and Famiglia among the leading contenders. Christophe Ferland holds the key with two principal runners with once raced Healer getting the verdict.
It is a positive that jockey Julien Auge takes the ride over former listed winner Lady Galore and this powerful looking chestnut can improve further from his debut victory at Deauville in February to take this prize.
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The first of three closing handicaps for older horses takes place over the 7.5-furlong trip with Launceston Place a solid each-way selection. The five-year-old disappointed at Lyon in March but has a good record here with three victories and two second place finishes. The good draw in stall one can see him dominate from the front and see off main market rivals, Degrisement and Caliste who are drawn high.
Alhseemah and Mon Jules A Moi meet again and should fight out the finish in this closing staying handicap. The mount of jockey Sylvain Ruis has improved in recent starts this year and was staying on well behind Alhseemah over course and distance in March.
He looks nicely handicapped and the high draw over this trip will not be an issue because he will race from off the pace and strike late.
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