Fantastic Spirit returns to the track following a break and two victories from four career starts for trainer Jean Claude Rouget. The son of Charm Spirit showed a nice turn of foot in both wins at Cagnes and will be played late by jockey Hugo Journiac. Forshim is another in good form with three wins from four starts and he showed excellent determination from the front in victories at Chantilly and Deauville earlier this year.
The form of those two races are nothing special and it could be worth siding against the Rouget and the Christophe Ferland-trained runners. AGAIN MUSIC represents some value for jockey Cristian Demuro and trainer Antoine De Watrigant in this listed contest. The filly gets weight from her principal rivals and won her maiden in good fashion at Mont De Marsan in March. The form of that race has worked out well with the second, third and seventh placed horses all winning races since.
No Turning will be popular with punters in this conditions race following his victory at Lyon in February, but the majority of Jean Claude Rouget’s horses have been disappointing since racing returned. It might be worth siding elsewhere with ANCA, an interesting contender here under jockey Olivier Peslier.
The filly was very game when winning her maiden on debut at Longchamp last October, before finishing last of eight in listed company at Toulouse earlier this month. She drops down to conditions grade this Saturday and has the fitness edge over these rivals, while the introduction of headgear can only help her chances of victory.
Jean Claude Rouget once again provides us with more leading contenders in the shape of both Joe Francais and Aubevoye in this listed Grand Prix de Bordeaux. Both Rouget runners are returning from breaks with jockey Cristian Demuro sticking with Aubevoye, who finished second in listed company at Cagnes in February.
Jose Francais left a poor 2019 behind with victories at Cagnes and here at Bordeaux earlier this year and is open to further improvement. However, the poor form of the Rouget runners needs to be highlighted yet again and that leads me to side with MR SATCHMO. Olivier Peslier teams up with trainer Antoine De Watrigant with the five-year-old returning to France following a run behind French King in the Group 1 Amir Trophy in Qatar in February.
Diamond Vendome is another who could run into the places having finished second in this race twelve months ago, but Mr Satchmo gets the verdict. He is an extremely consistent horse in this grade with two previous listed victories here at Bordeaux, with further success also at Chantilly and Marseille to his name.
INFLUX was still a little green, but won in impressive fashion last week in the rain at Salon-De-Provence and can take this race for trainer Christophe Ferland. The son of Golden Horn has the fitness edge over main rival, Mensen Ernst who was second when last seen in March at Toulouse for Jean Claude Rouget.
A horse called Galloise, trained by Francois Rohaut beat Influx earlier this year in a maiden before finishing behind Mensen Ernst in that race at Toulouse in mid-March. That form is positive to the chances of the Rouget runner, but Influx gets the vote under Julien Auge due to his better recent race fitness and the fact you cannot be confident in backing any Rouget runner at present.
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* All odds correct at time of posting and are subject to change.