Horse Racing Tips: Your 3 best bets at Auteuil for Sunday’s French Grand National card

Our French racing expert Jason Kiely knows his chevals.

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Win My Wings took the Scottish version on Saturday afternoon, the Liverpool showpiece kicks off on Thursday, but for those diehard racing fans – the French Grand National (Prix du President de la Republique) takes place at Auteuil on Sunday (14.15).

With eighteen runners heading to post for the €225,000 contest, there is plenty of each-way value on offer in the big one. However, there are also seven high-quality supporting races on the card, where a winner or two shouldn’t be too difficult to find, especially my NAP of the day, who looks a top-class prospect.

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14.15 French Grand National – GRAND ONCLE (each-way)

A race which has gone the way of western France based trainers in recent years, the French Grand National trophy could be making its way to the town Angers on Sunday night, if the promising six-year-old GRAND ONCLE scores for his young trainer Camille Peltier. In partnership with her father Phillipe, Peltier has saddled the gigantic Grand Oncle to success on three occasions and has always earmarked this race as an objective for the son of Saddler Maker.

His chase from around Auteuil reads 2112 and when tried over staying trips, Grand Oncle’s performance have been faultless. The veteran Sampark keeps the weights down at the top, resulting in a cool 69.5kgs (10st 11lbs) for Grand Oncle, who still looks on an improving path over fences. Well held on his recent return over hurdles, the Camille Peltier trained gelding should strip fitter now and with the hugely experienced Johnny Charron on board, Grand Oncle really fits the bill for such a contest.

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15.25 Prix Fleuret – LATINO DES ISLES (NAP)

One of the most important races of the Spring for four-year-old chasers, the Prix Fleuret has been claimed by many top-class novices over the years and has generally proved a hunting ground for ace trainer Guillaume Macaire. Although represented in this year’s contest, the Macaire runner Tonguetted may struggle to reverse the from with the extremely exciting LATINO DES ISLES, who is trained by a man in blazing hot form – Arnaud Chaille-Chaille.

A son of Martaline, Latino Des Isles has won four of his nine career starts and has already established his position as the country’s leading novice chaser. Extremely relaxed through his races, the four-year-old conserves his energy well and is sublime around Auteuil’s steeplechase course, where he has won three races. Already a Gr.2 winner, Latino Des Isles effectively takes a drop in class this weekend and although he carries more weight than all seven of his rivals and steps up in distance, that shouldn’t stop him from recording yet another course success this weekend before tackling the Gr.1 Prix Ferdinad Dufoure next month.

 

16.35 Prix Virelan – GIBRALFARO (NB)

A massively open Listed contest here, which could go the way of Champion trainer François Nicolle, although in which order is not too clear. The Royan-based handler saddles two of the eight runners in the field, and it could be worth siding with the talented GIBRALFARO who drops back to hurdles after a fantastic spell over fences in 2021. Although his stablemate You’re The Boss took a novice contest at Auteuil recently, Gibralfaro remains unexposed over hurdles and is already a Listed winner over the larger obstacles, with the pair a fair way clear of the remainder of the field on ratings. Held up in his races, the four-year-old could be the one to benefit from the strong likely pace and is the partnered by jockey Theo Chevilllard, who has been in blistering form of late.

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