International Race Fan

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

Taraja and With You Could Surprise at Deauville
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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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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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