Jean-Claude Rouget is clear of the rest when it comes to trainers to follow at Bordeaux, with 58 winners at the track since the start of the 2015 season.
Rouget is set to be represented by five well-fancied runners on Saturday’s card, including Joe Francais and Aubevoye, both of whom bring solid claims into the Listed race at 12:15.
Other trainers with a good record at Bordeaux in recent seasons include Didier Guillemin, who has saddled 29 winners at the venue since 2015, and Christope Ferland, who is not far behind with 27 winners during the same period. The former arrives here in excellent form, too, following a treble at La Teste de Buch on Wednesday.
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In terms of jockeys, Jean-Bernard Eyquem and Valentin Seguy are two names to look out for. The former recorded seven winners from 32 rides at Bordeaux in 2019, while Seguy has ridden three winners at the track already in 2020 and was back in the winner’s enclosure for the first time since racing resumed in France at La Teste de Buch on Wednesday.
However, undoubtedly the pick of the bunch in recent seasons has been Julien Auge, the jockey who has consistently ridden more winners at Bordeaux than anyone else, topping the standings in all but two years since 2014.
He has several good rides on Saturday’s card, including a couple trained by Christophe Ferland.
The first of them comes in the Listed race at 11:15am, with plenty to recommend the hat-trick-seeking Frohsim, who deserves a try at this sort of level after winning minor events at Chantilly and Deauville on his last two starts.
The form of his most recent success comfortably sets the standard here on Timeform ratings, and, with further improvement likely, he is fancied to extend his winning sequence for Ferland, who trained Frohsim’s sire, Dabirsim, to win both the Prix Morny and the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere back in 2011.
Later on the card, Didier Guillemin is fancied to add to his mid-week treble when Sagaroi lines up in the minor event at 13:52.
Admittedly, the seven-year-old wasn’t at his best on his final two starts of 2019, but he has a class edge over his rivals here if reproducing anything like his best form, which includes a listed win over this C&D back in May 2016.
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