Recoletos and One Foot In Heaven Warming Up For the Arc
1.35 Maisons-Laffitte, Prix du Prince d’Orange
Recoletos has by far the best form in this race and seems to excel in really soft ground. He won this year’s Prix Greffulhe on very soft ground, beating Waldgeist and Akihiro easily. On quicker ground in the Prix du Jockey Club he was not able to confirm that form with Waldgeist, finishing just under a length behind that opponent but it was still a great performance, especially considering he is better with more give in the ground.
He ran poorly last time out, returning after a traditional summer break for an autumn campaign; his trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias will be aiming him at the Prix l’Arc de Triomphe if he returns to form today. If he’s back to his early season for then he should be far too good for these with conditions in his favour. He is a best priced 13/8 for today’s race, which should be bigger than the PMU.
Recoletos, 13/8 Bet365
1.35 Maisons-Laffitte, La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte
One Foot In Heaven is a horse I really like, but he is returning after a break and having always run poorly off a lay-off I can’t back him today at 6/4. This looks a prep for the Prix l’Arc de Triomphe for him and I can’t see him being given a hard race, so it would be foolish to risk money on him at short odds. If he were to go off 2/1+, then he would be a tempting price.
Garlingari finished behind One Foot In Heaven last year in the group 2 Grand Prix de Chantilly on soft ground, but he could reverse positions with fitness on his side and the very soft ground also in his favour. He doesn’t win very often and isn’t one to back at short prices but if you can get 5.0+ on the exchanges he could be worth chancing, especially as he gets desperate ground conditions he likes.
Garlingari, 5+ on the exchanges or PMU