International Race Fan

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

Northern Dancer Turf Stakes and Woodbine Mile Stakes Preview
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Northern Dancer Turf Stakes and Woodbine Mile Stakes Preview

10.31 Woodbine, Northern Dancer Turf Stakes

Hawkbill looks head and shoulders above the American and Canadian runners, but he has to concede weight all-around and it’s going to be on the quick side which isn’t ideal as he’s run poorly on firm ground in the past. Messi looks the best of the home team but at the prices I will give the local Canadian horse Noble Thought at 9/1 a chance. He has only failed to finish in the first 3 twice so he could be a fair each way bet, and if Hawkbill doesn’t take to the track he could pick up the pieces at a decent price.

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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.

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Qemah in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown

5.35 Leopardstown, Matron Stakes

Aiden O’Briens Winter, who is the even money favourite, is going to be tough to beat in this year’s renewal of the Matron Stakes. Alice Springs was an impressive winner in this race last for the trainer, but that was only the second win in this race for O’Brien and for a trainer with such talent that dominates the classics in both England and Ireland, winning this race isn’t a main priority. O’Brien has already stated that Winter may not be 100% for this, so it could pay to look elsewhere for the winner.

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Over Reacted to go Close in the Prix d'Arenberg

310 Chantilly, Prix d'Arenberg

Charlie Appleby’s Sound And Silence sets a decent standard in this group 3 contest for 2-year-olds over 5 furlongs. He has won 3 of his 5 runs to date; he is currently a best priced 5/4 but if he goes off anywhere near 3.0 on the PMU he is a bet for me. While Racebets go 5/4, they are alone pricing him up odds against, with him being priced up as short as 2/5 with other bookmakers.

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2017 Prix Morny Preview

English raiders make up 3 of the 8 runners this year which is missing a Wesley Ward representative, having won it last year and in 2013, also there is no Ballydoyle runners this time around. This has been a tough race for the French to win, having won it last in 2011 with Dabirsim, then you have to go all the way back to 2004 for the previous French victory with Pascal Bary’s Divine Proportions.

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