Footstepsanpie and Zemindari Can Continue Good Run at Chantilly
  Above: Mikael Barzalona rides Brandon for Marco Botti
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Footstepsanpie and Zemindari Can Continue Good Run at Chantilly

Prix du Bois Bonnet, 1.55 Chantilly

This 6.5 furlong polytrack claiming race has attracted several overseas entrants in Footstepsanpie, Brandon and Beleguerment. All three appeals to some degree, they come in here by far the most experienced, with all escaping a penalty.

The Alduino & Guiseppe Botti trained Footstepsanpie readily won over course and distance last time out on only his second start in France after a moderate early career in Italy. After showing such improvement he was purchased by Augustin-Normande and could well go off at a decent price on the PMU as an Italian horse.

There doesn’t look to be a lot between the two English horses on ratings, but the edge just goes to Beleguerment, who also benefits from Hollie Doyle’s 3lb concession as a lady rider in France. All three could go off at decent prices on the PMU against the native French horses. While the French horses at the top of the market do look decent, they could be vulnerable against the overseas raiders who are sure to be primed for this race. The English horses are usually quite forward this early in the year and usually have the upper-hand in prints against the French.

Recommended bet
Footstepsanpie, 7/1 Bet365
Brandon, Beleguerment (savers), on the PMU

Prix Darshaan, 3.40 Chantilly

Call The Wind and Trais Fluors are both well clear on the ratings, but both will have bigger targets ahead, so it could pay to avoid short prices about the market leaders while they are making their seasonal debuts. Zemindari has won his last two races and comes in to this race on an upward curve after showing some smart place form last year, including a second place to Soleil Marin who opposes today. He could well go off at a double figure price and is worth chancing against these better opponents while he has a fitness edge.

Recommended bet
Zemindari, 17/2 SkyBet (back at 10+ on PMU)