International Race Fan

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

Dona Bruja Can Get First Run on Sistercharlie
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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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Beauty Generation Looks Solid Over 1 mile in the The Chairman’s Trophy

Sunday, 9.05 Sha Tin, The Sprint Cup

This group 2 event sees Mr Stunning trying to concede 5lb to the field and he may well do so to all apart from his stable-mate Beat The Clock. The pair dead-heated for second place behind DB Pin in the group one Centenary Sprint Cup in January. While the weight concession swings it in favour of Beat The Clock, a lack of recent run for Mr Stunning swings it even more in his favour.

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Singapore Sling the One to Beat in the BMW Hong Kong Derby

Sunday: 8.35 Sha Tin, BMW Hong Kong Derby

There is little between the three market leaders, Singapore Sling, Exultant and Nothingilikemore coming in to the final race of the Hong King classic series. The highest rated in here Nothingilikemore is 6 from 8 of his career starts, in which he started favourite in all and odds-on in the last 6. On the ratings he is still rated well clear on 112lbs, 6lbs clear of Singapore Sling, but in reality thing are much closer based on recent results. He missed the break last time out in the Hong Kong Classic Cup, finishing fourth behind Singapore Sling. He did get a decent trip on the rail but failed to make up any ground against the winner when having a clear run to do so; this distance of 1m2f could be stretching his stamina too. At a best priced 9/2 he could have warranted interest to bounce-back. Being drawn in stall 13 of 14 is a big negative for a horse that likes to race close up behind the leaders as they will race around 2 turns and hit the first after just a furlong.

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Giant Expectations to go the Extra Distance in the Santa Anita Handicap

00.30 Santa Anita, Santa Anita Handicap

The Santa Anita handicap has been won by many high profile horses like Seabiscuit, Affirmed, Alysheba and more recently Shared Belief and Game On Dude for Bob Baffert. This year’s race looks a poor renewal with no stand-out horses, with best of the bunch looking to be Accelerate who is a grade 2 winner that always seems to run his race, but 2/1 isn’t a great price so I’m tempted to chance Giant Expectations at 10/1.

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Galop Marin Can Go Close in the Prix Juigne at Auteuil

Last year’s winner Device and the champion 4-year old De Bon Coeur are well clear on the ratings in this race, but they may not be fully wound up for this race first time out with bigger prizes later in the year the target. If De Bon Coeur is anywhere near fit then no one should trouble her racing off just 10-3. She will be very hard to beat off such a low weight, being the highest rated in here, but her current price of 1.5 doesn’t appeal, though she may burn them off from the front and win easily.

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Seasons Bloom Ready to Claim first Group One in the Stewards Cup

8.05 Sha Tin: The Centenary Sprint Cup

Unfortunately only Racebets are putting up prices for this race and they make Mr Stunning the 3/5 favourite and he may be even shorter in Hong Kong. On current form only DB Pin looks likely to give the favourite a real test as they both fought out the finish of the Hong Kong Sprint with only a neck advantage to Mr Stunning. The 7/2 offered by Racebets doesn’t appeal as a bet but 5/1 or greater would be worth chancing if it becomes available on the Hong Kong tote.

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