RECUERDAME is the most interesting newcomer in this opening five-furlong juvenile claimer for Andrea Marcialis. The trainer has his horses in good form since racing returned and the booking of jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot is only an added positive. The trainer and jockey have a good strike rate in 2020 with four-winners and eight placed horses from 17-runners.
The two-year-old has a mix of speed and stamina in her pedigree by Gutaifan out of a Halling mare, Halo De Lune. Sweet Damiana looks the main danger following an encouraging fifth place finish at Chantilly on debut, while Lagoken and La Neva are others who should improve after their debut runs earlier this month.
A small field of six runners for this three-year-old claimer over 5.5 furlongs with five of these horses using headgear. Black Morning, one of two fillies in the field is the only runner not using headgear and drops into claimer company having disappointed at Chantilly in March. Lloyd was just ahead on that occasion at Chantilly and warrants serious consideration if returning to 2019 form.
Dutch Chop, a previous winner of two handicaps returns to the track quickly after racing sixth at Vichy last Friday. Pierre-Charles Boudot has a 50% winning strike-rate for trainer Philippe Sogorb this year and their runner XAAROS is our selection. He drops down in grade today having finished down the field behind Wooded in a Group 3 at Chantilly recently and that form is good enough to win.
Golden Wood was very game in victory at Fontainebleau back in March and drops back a furlong in trip with Christophe Soumillon keeping the ride. Wookie could return to form for Jean-Claude Rouget following a poor run at Chantilly, while lightly-raced Valeya looks open to further improvement for Alain de Royer-Dupre.
Pretorio is another for the shortlist following several consistent runs over the past 18-months, but YMOHTEP is our selection. He won back-to-back races at Toulouse and Mont De Marsan before finishing a creditable fifth behind Joe Francais at Bordeaux in February. Joe Francais was only beaten a neck in listed company last Saturday and Boudot and Sogorb can team up for another winner here.
It’s hard to look beyond KOURKAN who like most of these runners returns from a break under jockey Coralie Pacaut. The son of American Post has been a solid performer in listed and group company for many years and drops in class today.
His good second to Miss O Connor in the Prix Perth last October would be good enough to win this with a lack of race fitness the only concern.
Bliss For Ever has been placed on two many occasions but again has the services of Pierre-Charles Boudot and warrants respect. The Pascal Bary-trained Lucky Doe with Maxime Guyon and Alain de Royer-Dupre’s beautifully-bred Shannkiyr under Christophe Soumillon look set to battle for the places.
* All odds correct at time of posting and are subject to change.