A mixed 10-race card at Lyon gets underway with this six-furlong maiden for the juveniles with nine declared runners. Eve made an encouraging debut when third here earlier this month and can only improve for trainer Jessica Dupont-Fahn. Federic Rossi continues to find winners and has his string in excellent order and his debutant TROBREIZH gets the thumbs-up in the opener.
The son of Goken has a speedy pedigree and can be ready to challenge first time up on the racetrack under good jockey Franck Blondel. Black Mimi and Katchi could reach the places and show improvement from debut, while Pernilla and Tofane and other interesting newcomers in an open maiden.
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The third race on the Lyon card is a middle-distance (12 furlong) maiden for three-year-olds with two interesting newcomers. Henry Alex Pantall trains a beautifully bred filly for Godolphin, Beautiful Timing, by Dubawi out of Luca Cumani trained mare, Time Control. She warrants close attention in the betting and receives weight from rivals thanks to jockey Luka Rousseau’s eight-pound claim.
Moko looks exposed and has been costly to support for punters to date and perhaps best watched today. LISTENTOME is the other exceptionally bred filly in this maiden, by Galileo out of German Group 2 winning mare, Longina. The form of the Francis Graffard stable remains positive and having the experience of jockey Ronan Thomas in the saddle might just give her the edge to secure victory.
The return performance of GELINKA when fifth at Saint-Cloud earlier this month was very encouraging, and she can improve to land this conditions race at Lyon. Crystal Miette replaces Christophe Soumillon in the saddle today and the jockey’s 9lb claim means the Rail Link filly is getting weight from all rivals.
Wood City looks the main danger under jockey Guillaume Mandel having finished a good third behind Step By Step at this venue earlier this month. Adelphie was further back in sixth place on that occasion and looks unlikely to reverse the form in my opinion. Gelinka ticks all the boxes here and it is extremely hard to look beyond the Nicolas Bellanger trained runner.
A competitive looking one-mile handicap for our second last race on the Lyon card this Thursday for three-year-olds with MONTE CINTO our final selection. The Lous Baudron trained runner was a surprising fourth on return at Longchamp behind My Charming Prince earlier this month and can improve to land this prize.
That performance could be enough to see him challenge for victory and see off both Diam Spirit, Diva Du Dancing and Licankabur. Diam Spirit has been consistent without the getting the head in front, while former claiming winner, Licankabur cannot be dismissed for Pantall on return. Diva Du Dancing has a few lengths to make up with Monte Cinto from Paris and should reach the frame.
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