Our Racing expert, Andy Holding, has one tip for today's racing at Bordeaux Le Bouscat
11:15 Bordeaux Le Bouscat
Frohsim has become a really potent force since front running tactics have been employed and he looks primed for another big performance in his hat trick bid. Since flopping on soft ground on the turf over today’s C&D last October, the son of Dabirsim hasn’t looked back and it would be a surprise if he wasn’t allowed to stride on again and do what he does best.
Fantastic Spirit is another who has been seen to good effect on the all-weather recently and this progressive colt should prove a danger to all if translating his form back to the grass. His latest win at Cagnes-Sur-Mer is a performance worth upgrading as he came from last to first in a tactical affair and this likeable and willing character will benefit greatly if Frohsim goes a decent pace from the front.
Coco Coline also appears to enjoy an all-weather surface based on her recent exploits, so whether she will be capable of running to same level as she did when scoring at Pornichet back in early March remains to be seen.
Again Music was caught out in a useful affair at Toulouse when last seen 70 days ago, so she should find this task easier, and it’s also worth pointing out that she had recent winner Oftenwork well beaten behind her when landing a conditions event at Mont De Marsan previously (Third also won since). To Fly Free has some fair form next to her name but she’s an unknown quantity at this sort of trip, while Sadiyah Kodiac will find this tougher than her all-the-way victory at Pornichet last time out.
11:45 Bordeaux Le Bouscat
No Turning did extremely well to overcome early adversity to score at Lyon back in February and that tenacious display makes him one of the leading contenders on his return to action 90 days on. Runner-up to subsequent winner Port Guillaume on his debut at Cagnes-Sur-Mer, the son of Clodovil came from some way off the pace to grind down his rivals late on at the Bron venue and with a pedigree and run-style which suggests a step up in trip will suit, the 1m2f journey of today’s contest should play to his strengths.
There was a lot to like about the way American Beach justified favouritism over today’s course when last seen and although that victory was at the eighth time of asking, she looks the type to progress further. Notably, she was third in a listed contest at Marseille-Borely two starts previously, so she certainly wasn’t winning out of turn and with her ability to stay the trip secured along with her confirmed track form, a solid run looks on the cards.
Anca has a visor fitted after totally bombing out in a listed race at Toulouse 12 days ago, so whether that contraption has the desired effect remains to be seen, while Raamez also needs to improve following a disappointing effort on heavy ground behind subsequent winner Pentaiade towards the backend of last season.
12:15 Bordeaux Le Bouscat
Joe Francais looks the obvious starting point in this listed race having landed his last two races with some aplomb and the hat trick appears well within his grasp based on his progressive nature and overall form. Not good enough when tackling the Group 1 Prix Du Jockey Club last season, the son of George Vancouver was given 235 days to overcome those exploits and the pause that refreshes clearly worked the oracle on the evidence of his comeback win at Cagnes-Sur-Mer. Even better in all departments when following up a month later, Jean-Claude Rouget’s colt seems to be a strong stayer around this trip and it will take a useful one to lower his colours if he brings his A-game to the party.
Aubevoye represents the same stable as the favourite and it would be interesting to know whether Christophe Demuro has chosen to ride this colt by Le Havre over his main market rival. Either way, the five-year-old has sound credentials in his own right courtesy of his fine second in a listed race at Cagnes-Sur-Mer back in February, when he just got going too late in a tactical affair, and the stronger the gallop the better his chances.
MR SATCHMO (best price 7-2) along with the favourite, is the only other previous C&D winner in the field and that fact has to count for plenty in the final analysis. Strong all the way down the straight when landing that conditions event back in October, the son of My Sidney once again proved his reliability in this grade when landing his fourth listed contest at Maiselle-Borely on his next outing a month outing. Finding Group 1 company on quicker ground over in Doha too hot to handle on his most recent start back in February, the four-year-old is now back at a more realistic level and on his favoured soft surface, and he rates the solid-looking each-way alternative to the front two in the market.
13:17 Bordeaux Le Bouscat
Two useful and progressive types in the shape of Influx and Mensen Ernst go to post in this conditions event and it should turn out to be an intriguing battle between the pair. The former was promising in two maidens towards the backend of last season and he confirmed his current wellbeing when getting off the mark on his opening gambit this campaign a week ago. Relishing the soft ground, the Golden Horn colt readily pulled clear of his rivals in the latter stages and on the evidence of that display, he looks sure to keep improving as the rest of the season gathers pace. The latter doesn’t have the benefit of a recent outing, but on the flip side, he does probably have the better overall form. Runner-up to the useful L’Imperator in a keenly-contest heat at Toulouse 70 days ago, the son of Intello confirmed his liking for soft ground and today’s track with a smooth victory overall several who have influenced the form since (fifth and subsequent winner Frohsim runs in the 11.15), and with similar conditions in place on his return visit, a massive run looks a given.