This is a big field for a middle-distance fillies’ maiden to start the day at Saint-Cloud with Jean Claude Rouget, Francis Graffard and Freddy Head, to name just three top-trainers, with interesting runners.
Freddy Head runs a Zoffany filly called Posed, with Rouget saddling Tres Valentine, a daughter of Fastnet Rock. Having landed a gamble with newcomer Bois D’argent at Chantilly on Monday, Francis Graffard and Pierre-Charles Boudot team-up with Paix and they warrant close attention in the betting.
SEAMIA gets our vote for trainer Carlos Laffon Parias, jockey Maxime Guyon and the Wertheimer brothers. Her middle-distance pedigree is exceptional and she’s by Sea The Stars out of Solemia, who both won the Arc and her good draw in stall eight should see her go close on debut.
Another big field for the colts and geldings in this middle distance maiden, which is once again full of incredible pedigrees. Andre Fabre has two-runners, Woodstock Park, a son of Frankel and the Coolmore-owned Royaume Uni, by Galileo with Boudot in the saddle. It is hard to be confident in selecting any Fabre horses at present, with several of his runners not sparking on their return or racecourse debuts over the past week.
The son of Intello, High Tech needs watching in the market under Maxime Guyon and Tiger Touch, a son of American Pharaoh, is another interesting runner for Al Shaqab Racing. The Aga Khan-owned SHERAZ for Alain de Royer Dupre is our selection though, and should appreciate the trip and ground conditions on debut.
Dupre trained the dam, Shemiyla who secured black-type 10 years ago and this gelded son of Sea The Stars has the pedigree to run a smart race over this trip on debut.
The Prix Birum is a conditions race over the one-mile trip and looks a match between two unbeaten runners, National Service and Moujik. National Service was a surprise winner on debut at Chantilly and despite having the services of Boudot in the saddle, he might have to settle for second best behind the Rouget runner and market rival.
MOUJIK won his maiden at Toulouse last October, with the form of that race working out tremendously well ever since. The second, third and fourth horses have all won races since, with the second, Waltham securing victory in listed company at Chantilly in early March.
The Jean Claude Rouget-trained runner has the best form and should take this under a confident ride by Cristian Demuro.
We stay in conditions company for our fourth race on this Tuesday card at Saint-Cloud and it’s for three-year-old fillies’ over the one-mile trip.
Vanada drops into conditions company following a disappointing run on her seasonal return in a listed event here in March and she cannot be dismissed. This race could well be decided between the two Rouget runners with BLACK FEVER our pick.
The daughter of Invincible Spirit won under a hands and heels ride by Mlle Coralie Pacaut here at Saint-Cloud last September and the jockey remains in the saddle this Tuesday. She might have enough under the jockey’s claim to see off stablemate Waahaat, who returns for the Shadwell team after a second-place finish at Deauville last October.
* All odds correct at time of posting and are subject to change.