International Race Fan

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

Vazirabad and Soumillon are the Value in the Gold Cup
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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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Mission Impassable to Bounce Back at Chantilly

1.30 Chantilly, Prix de Sandringham

Mission Impassable finished last but one in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches but was still only 4 lengths behind the winner despite failing to settle early in the race and was then boxed in as Soumillon let her come home unhurried. Whether it was the occasion or the slow early pace that got to her, she clearly didn’t run her race and she can turn around placings with Ellthea. At 8/1 she rates a great bet to bounce-back to form.

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Taareef Can Reverse Form With Recoletos in the Prix d’Ispahan

2.37 Lonchamp, Prix Saint-Alary

Laurens’ second place finish in the 1,000 guineas is form way beyond what any of these have achieved in this prestigious race, but the two unexposed and undefeated fillies could be anything. With only five runners this could turn in to a tactical race and while Laurens does like to race prominently, she is going to have to set her own pace here if With You decides not to force it. With You and Flowrider both look very good and both can be backed against the favourite at 7/2 and 8/1 respectively.

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So French Can Win the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris for the Third Time

3.15 Auteuil, Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris

So French has won this race for the last 2 years and although he looks to figure down the betting, he can’t be discounted over this extreme distance of 3m6f that he seems to excel at. Bipolaire and Perfect Impulse look the main dangers, but he’s beat them both in this race previously. The 5-year-old Edward D’Argent is stepping up in distance but if he takes to this extreme distance then he will be dangerous, but at 8/1 So French is the bet here to win his third Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris.

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Tunis to Fend Off the Irish Challenge at Auteuil

3.15 Auteuil, Prix Alain Du Breil

Willie Mullins sends over 3 Irish raiders, including the Triumph Hurdle second Mr Adjudicator but they will find the French home team at the top of the market hard to beat. Wildriver and Lou Bucks are very much on the upgrade but are tackling their first grade one today, while old foes Tunis and Master Dino bring in established form at the highest level and it could pay to side with Tunis today.

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Wind Chimes to bounce-back in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches

3.35 Longchamp, Poule d’Essai des Poulains

Wootton and Olmedo look well clear in this year’s classic and I’m inclined to stick with the undefeated Wootton against Olmedo who has finished runner-up in his last three races. Both Wootton and Olemdo are shorter with the UK bookies than on the PMU, despite there being 4 British and Irish runners, the 9/4 about Wootton just doesn’t appeal.

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Hunaina Worth Chancing at Lingfield

3.40 Lingfield

A really open race but it could be worth chancing the French raider Hunaina at decent odds. She was previously trained by Michael Halford in Ireland before moving to the French stable of Henri-Francis Devlin in January. She struggled to break her maiden on turf but won the first time of asking on the poly-track, though she later went on to win a minor Leopardstown handicap on turf. She has stepped up markedly in form just before the switch in stables, having won her last two races, and if not for traffic troubles would have won a listed event at Deauville on the poly-track when running for the first time for Devlin. She won last time out here at Lingfield on the poly-track, so she’ll be in familiar surroundings and she has proved she can handle travelling.

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Jimmy Two Times can Make Race Fitness Pay

3.20 Saint-Cloud, Prix Du Muget

Tareef brings the best form in to this year’s race but, he won all the races he contested at group 2 level and below, only finding group 1 company against the likes of Ribchester and Al Wukair too good. He was also a winner first time out last year when carrying a penalty, but that was when Jean-Claude Rouget’s horse were flying, while the Chantilly based trainers were running well below par with the equine virus. This year Rouget’s horses are not performing as well as last year and he could be vulnerable first time out against a fitter rival like Jimmy Two Times.

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Dona Bruja Can Get First Run on Sistercharlie

23.12 Keenland, Jenny Wiley Stakes

The ex-French runner, Sistercharlie looks like being one of the top turf fillies over in the U.S. based on her debut last July where she was just beaten a neck behind New Money Honey in the grade one Belmont Oaks. She was a group 3 winner in France and finished runner-up to Senga in the Prix de Diane. She may start favourite for this race despite being off the track for 280 days and with trainer Chad Brown pitching her so deep she has to be feared. The drop back to 8.5 furlongs could find her out as she does tend to race out the back and may find herself outpaced here and getting going too late and Dona Bruja looks a solid bet to profit here.

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Garlingari and Air Pilot Have Fitness Edge in Prix d'Harcourt at Longchamp

3.20 Longchamp, Prix d’Harcourt

Some high profile horses make their seasonal debut for Andre Fabre in Waldgeist at 5/2 and the lightly raced Finche at 4/1, but they both look vulnerable over a distance short of their best. The Fabre stable has been struggling for winners of late, despite sending out many fancied runners and with bigger targets further down the road for his two stable stars, they can be swerved today at the prices they are.

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