International Race Fan

Tips and pointers for the big international meetings where British and Irish horses create favourable betting markets to profit from.

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Outsider Roxinela Looks Great Eachway Value at Auteuil

1.35 Auteuil, Prix Georges Courtios

This valuable grade 2 event has attracted a few well-known staying stars in Milord Thomas and So French up against the well regarded Saint Goustan Blue. Saint Goustan Blue sets a high standard having won his last 6 starts, beating many of today’s field previously. He is a justified favourite but he has to concede weight to most of this field alongside Milord Thomas. The favourite is going to be hard to beat but one horse stands out a big price at 33/1 with the UK bookies is Roxinela.

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Sacred Life Looks to Bounce Back at Chantilly, But Pagero Could Surprise

14.02 Chantilly, Grand Prix du Nord

Sacred Life looked like been one of the stars of the following classic season after two impressive wins on testing ground, but he has failed to match that level of form this year. For the first time this year he does get the testing ground conditions that he performed so well on as a juvenile and he could well bounce back to something like he showed as a 2-year-old. He has shown form good enough this season to be competitive here and I couldn’t leave him out now he finally gets soft underfoot conditions; at 3/1 with Corals I will back him but the horse that really interests me at a big price is Pagero.

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Sistercharlie Can Fend Off the Europeans in the Filly & Mare Turf

16.38 Churchill Downs, Breeders Cup Turf Sprint

This race is loaded with pace, with most of it drawn wide which could see carnage upfront early as the early lead is contested. It’s bound to be fast run and maybe too fast to set something up for a closer. Disco Partner is the type of horse that can benefit if they do go off really quick and while 6 furlongs maybe his ideal trip, the slower ground may help him and may bring the front-runners back to him as long as it’s not too soft. He‘s forecast to go off at 7/2 on the U.S. morning line but can be backed at 6/1 with Paddy Power and Betfair with 4 places on offer.

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Uncle Benny Can Outrun His Odds in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf

19.21 Churchill Downs, Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint

There has been a huge amount of rain fall in the last few days and if the ground does come up yielding or soft then it has to be a big advantage to the Europeans. While being drawn wide is usually a disadvantage, especially in sprint races, it could be an advantage on soft turf where the inside is usually the slowest ground. If the ground has been adversely affected then I’ll chance Queen Of Bermuda at a big price (14/1 with the UK bookies, but could be bigger in the U.S. pools), drawn in stall 11, along with Soldier’s Call at 7/2 who looks more than good enough.

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Anecdotic Can Step Up to Group One Company

1.35 Saint-Cloud

Jimmy Two Times has yet to win in 6 starts this season but he may have found the easiest opportunity of the season to finally gain a victory before the end of the year. Even though he has no wins to show for his efforts, he has run consistently having come up against some of the season’s best performers in the likes of Rocoletos, Polydream and Efaadah. He ran with credit in the group 1 Prix de la Foret, beaten 3 lengths returning after a 77 day break; he should now strip much fitter. Many of the horses in opposition come in to this race seemingly below their best and at the ratings Jimmy Two Times comes out top and well-treated with no penalty.

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Fifty Fifty and Nothingilikemore Could take Advantage of Low Weights

9.10 Sha Tin: The Premier Bowl

Ivictory emerged as the new kid on the block in the Hong Kong sprinting division at the end of last year. He ran with credit first time out this year under top-weight to be beaten by under a length by Hot King Prawn who re-opposes today. While Ivictory does look the horse to beat, he has a lot of weight to concede and has been given a wider post post than ideal in stall 8.

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Taraja and With You Could Surprise at Deauville

2.45 Deauville, Prix Minerve

Zarkamiya and Fuse are the ones to beat in this group 3 for 3-year-old fillies but it could be worth chancing the German raider Taraja at big odds to surprise. Taraja is saddled with a 5lb penalty for a win in a group 3 last time out at Hamburg and although it didn’t look a great race with her grinding down the winner for a half-length win, there could be more to come based on her stout breeding with this step up to one and a half miles looking right up her street. Her previous race against Well Timed, where Taraja finished second reads really well as she was a good winner of the German Oaks next time out. Taraja can be backed at 16/1 each-way.

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Sexy Metro Can Stop the English Raiders in the Prix Robert Papin

1.35 Maisons-Laffitte

There may be only 5 runners in this year’s Prix Robert Papin, but it certainly looks a quality field with the Queen Mary winner Signora Cabello and the Norfolf Stakes runner-up Pocket Dynamo in opposition from England. While the Anglo-Irish juvenile sprinters usually hold the upper-hand in these races at this time of year, the home team looks very good with Sexy Metro and Simply Striking looking more than good enough.

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Native American can take the Prix Eugene Adam

1.10 Maisons-Laffitte, Prix Eugene Adam

Louis Dor’s third place finish in the French Derby where he started at 66/1 is the best form on offer here. As good as his derby form looks he’s only won once in ten outings and I can’t have him at short odds in this trappy contest. John Gosden has a great record with his French runners and his Crossed Baton can’t be ruled out, but I’m going to side with the Christophe Ferland trained Native American. He hasn’t ventured in to group company until now but the manner of his recent wins have be impressive, although did throw in a below par effort when probably going off too fast in a minor race at Lyon-Parilly. If he can get his own way up front he can set a comfortable pace and try to steal it at a best priced 100/30 with Ladbrokes.

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Trais Fluors Looks to Bounce Back to Form at Ascot

1.20 Ascot, Summer Mile Stakes

Andre Fabre sends a rare runner over to Ascot in Trais Fluors. His recent form hasn’t been great and quite a way below what he achieved last year but the fact Fabre is sending him over the channel has to be noted. He was group one placed last year and also registered three wins up to group 3 level. This will be the first time he has encountered ground on the firm side, but he is probably coming over in search of the better ground here and it could well see him bounce back here at 6/1.

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Vazirabad and Soumillon are the Value in the Gold Cup

4.20 Ascot, Gold Cup

The top 3 in the market, Order Of St George, Stradivarius and Vazirabad look clear of the rest of the field on form and the winner should be coming from one of those. Order Of St George won this in 2016 and was only beaten a short-head by big Orange last year and looks a worthy favourite. He conceded 8lb to Stradivarius in the Champions day Long Distance Cup when beating him by a length in to third and he should confirm that form having to concede just a pound today.

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