French Racing – Follow The Best. Because it’s such a beautiful day, I decided to share three picks in France. If you are down for big profits, keep it here.
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FRENCH RACING – FOLLOW THE BEST
PAU 2:15 (RACE 6) YOUTWO GLASS 5/2
According to the assessor, several of these have a chance. However, we shouldn’t look any further than YOUTWO GLASS! As per usual, James Reveley will be riding the gelding for Daniela Mele.
The son of JOSHUA TREE comes into this on the back of a reasonable 3rd of 6 Auteuil. On that occasion, the grey made a couple of early jumping errors before warming to his task. I should mention he fell in his previous race, thus getting his confidence back is a positive building block. While the 5-year-old was beaten 10.5L, he would have been closer if his jockey had persisted.
For the record, the selection won two of his three races in Pau, including this time in 2020. The heavy ground won’t be an issue, and stepping back up to a more suitable distance is another advantage.
If we go back to October 2021, In Grade 3, YOUTWO GLASS had HADES 11.25L behind. The latter comes into this on the back of a 2nd at Auteuil, albeit a runner rated 55 was just a few lengths behind.
Despite receiving 2KG from most of these, GALLIPOLI is better over hurdles. Unfortunately, ENJUE D’ARTHEL is set to carry a big weight, and SPANISH ONE is more exposed than the rest put together.
Meanwhile, FRET D’ESTRUVAL needs to improve on his recent effort, and the same comment applies to METASEQUOIA. Two non-runners are ZEPLY and ECHIQUIER, thus opening the door even wider for the pick of the day!
FRENCH RACING – FOLLOW THE BEST
RACE 7 ROYAL BOX 8/1
This is a winnable race, and I have found an interesting betting proposition at decent odds.
If we go back to his debut at around this time last year, ROYAL BOX showed a lot of promise. In fact, he finished 2nd to the now Willie Mullins-trained INSTIT. The third in that race GESSY RAISELLE recently won a race worth €320K to the winner, and he’s now rated a lofty 72. While a few of the others who finished behind are only rated in their mid 50’s, even that mark would be good enough to go close!
As per usual, the UK bookies don’t have a clue. While their favorite VANGOSTYLE could improve, the fact is he was a long way behind the other two when finishing 3rd on his hurdling debut. If CHARLATEMPS wins with his penalty I would be surprised, and the 6/1 offered about ISABY VALLIS is a joke!
While we need the selection to be fit and ready, he ran well on his hurdling debut so why not again!
PORNICHET RACE 3 ETERNAL LOVE 6/1
HAPPY CREECK ran much better last time out over this course and distance. Nevertheless, she’s had enough chances, and from stall one she will need to be ridden from the front. I’m having a decent bet on the ex-Ralph Beckett inmate ETERNAL LOVE. On her debut for Henri-Francois Devin, she raced freely, but she still boxed on well to finish a close 6th.
The CARAVAGGIO daughter will appreciate this type of track. From stall 3 Clement Lecoeuvre will be able to take a good starting pitch on the Trevor Stewart-owned filly. Connections will have learned from her debut, and this race looks winnable.