STAR PREVIEW Tues: Saint-Cloud

Racing from Saint-Cloud
Live on Sky Sports Racing HD from 10:00am
First Race: Prix Producer (Maiden) (Unraced 3yo Fillies) (Turf) (UK Off Time: 10:10am)

We return to French racing after having a runner up with our only selection on Friday, as French Assel ran well but didn’t have the class of San Fabrizio, who twice ran into graded performers last year and was too good on his comeback for the field. National Hunt fans had a slew of graded contests to enjoy over the weekend at Auteuil, whilst there was a Group contest at Chantilly, won impressive style by Pretreville who was comfortably clear on his debut for Pascal Bary. He can be competitive at a higher level although it would be unwise to give up on either Plumatic or Skaletti, both of whom ran well in what looked to be a good heat for the grade.

There were two performances of note in the Prix de la Caleche des Imperatrices which followed afterwards. The first was the winning effort of Solsticia, who pulled right away in the last furlong in the style of a horse who had every right to compete at graded level. She was breaking her maiden here, but relished the step up in trip after a promising debut at ParisLongchamp, and the way she put three lengths between herself and favourite Ebaiyra suggested that big targets were realistic and the Prix Saint-Alary could be an ideal next step if connections are considering the Prix Diane.

Third Fleur De Ciel may need a little more time than that – and perhaps a little more distance – but the way she finished to take third suggested that she wouldn’t have to wait long to get off the mark for Andre Fabre and she’s of great interest for the rest of the summer, especially if connections can find a race for her at 12 furlongs.

Today we have racing back at Saint-Cloud, Vichy, Marseille in the evening, with focus on the earlier fixture where the notebooks will once again be out for the Prix Producer (10.10, for unraced 3yo fillies) and the Prix Mississipian (10.40, for unraced 3yo colts and geldings). All of the runners are worth keeping an eye on, but Seamia (Sea The Stars x Solemia) is one of the best bred horses to run all day, and there’ll be plenty of eyes on her in the opener.

There are also two conditions races, and in the Prix Birum (11.10) Moujik can make a winning return. Jean-Claude Rouget’s son of Siyouni got the better of Waltham on his debut at Toulouse, form which has been boosted since by the second’s (Waltham) wide margin win at that same track before a listed success, whilst third Speed Chance won next time out. He could have more improvement to come if those performances are anything to go by and he’s taken to get the better of Chantilly AW winner National Service, who beat subsequent winner Stanzo in December.

The Prix Nubienne (11.40) is a fascinating contest where Waahaat, Vanada, Black Fever, Pentaiade, Karankawa and Mary’s France are all of interest. A win for any would not surprise but it looks to be a watching brief with so many of the runners having serious potential.

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