There’s plenty of French racing on the menu this Thursday including an interesting mixed card at Angers, which gets underway at 15:40. We’re going to try a Super Yankee on the first five races.
Francois Nicole looks to have decent chances in the early jump races on the card including Kazarov in the 16:40. Kazarov cost his supporters when narrowly beaten here in February and is switched to fences today. He goes well fresh and gets our NAP vote on the card.
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Francois Nicole could have the key to this opening race on the card. The big question is which of his three entries should we side with? He has the extremely well bred Roxo Has which finished off last season with a decent second-placing at Moulin. It’ll be no surprise if the gelding is fit enough to lose his maiden tag today.
High Ball also represents Nicole here. He’s a very interesting recruit to the jumps ranks having won two of his eight races at a decent level on the flat and the top trainer is sure to have him well schooled for todays’ hurdle debut.
Nicole’s other runner is a well-bred newcomer in Babeth Jag. The betting will give a clearer picture to the chances of the three horses mentioned but we’re inclined to side with Roxo Has. Gracieuse Mag improved on her debut performance to win a maiden at Nantes. She also has a decent chance in what looks a wide-open race.
Eva Conti returns after a long absence. She’s a talented mare who would have a big say if stripping fully fit.
Francois Nicole’s Lady Le Roche also warrants respect and could be value for an each-way play today.
Donne Le Change scored over the larger obstacles in early March at Compiègne. It’s interesting he reverts to hurdles today. We’ll place our trust in trainer C Dubourg in the hope that this return to hurdles will suit. Valentin Rose is also respected.
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Like the opening race on the card Francois Nicole has three entries in this. Kazarov looks the most likely of the three and we reckon he’s going to have a big say today. He was only beaten a neck in a conditions Hurdle at Pau in January.
That run was after an extended break so the three months break since his last run isn’t a worry. He subsequently was only touched off by a head when hot favourite here on Feb 17.
Kazarov should have no worries over these larger obstacles and hailing from an in-form stable is another positive. Twist Le Barre finished second over slightly shorter here on Feb 10. He’ll have a say if stripping fit and has winning form over further.
We switch to the flat now and this is an interesting 2yo race over five-and-a-half furlongs. The betting will be the best guide. A couple that could be worth a look are the Andrew Hollinshead newcomer Standby For Chaos and the well-bred Longny which could be suited by the underfoot conditions.
Milam was a well beaten sixth on debut at Saint-Cloud in October. This is an easier race at a less fashionable course and it would be no surprise if the Aga Khan’s colours are carried to victory today.
Totally Diva wasn’t beaten far on debut on the All Weather at Chantilly in March. She’s by a son of Galileo and out of a Dam that has thrown a winner on Very Soft. The switch to Turf on heavy going could well be a positive. She’s rated the main danger.
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