Since Monday we’ve had ten winners at prices of 6/1, 5/1, 25/1, 11/4, 9/2, 5/2, 16/1, 4/1, 5/1 and 20/1 winners from 21 selections with our French Racing Tips, operating at a near 50 per cent strike-rate. If you’d put £10 on each of those horses, you would have made a profit of £697.50. Here are our tips at Auteuil on Saturday
CARRIACOU (2m6f Grade 2, 1.35 Auteuil)
The best race in France on Saturday is the Grade 2 Prix Murat Chase, which features a few Grade 1 winners.
Figuero is likely to be sent off favourite after winning five of his last six starts, including two Grade 1 chases. Those impressive wins came against fellow four-year-olds but he did win a Listed Hurdle impressively on his comeback run in March just before the lockdown.
But we’re going to go with a proven older horse in last year’s Grand Steeple-chase de Paris winner Carriacou. He was ridden by Davy Russell in his last four starts, including for that big win last May, but Russell is obviously unable to ride him due to travel restrictions on Saturday.
Carriacou made a pleasing return just before racing’s shutdown when fifth over a trip far too short and he travelled like the best horse in the race before blowing up late on.
The one worry is that he is could be using this race as a springboard to another attempt at the Grand Steeple-chase de Paris, which is due to be run in three weeks, but the same can be said of some of the contenders.
LUDELLA (12.35 Auteuil, 2m2f Listed H’cap Hurdle)
This horse is understandably a huge price given her recent exploits but we feel there is a lot more ability there than has been shown in those runs.
She pulled too hard to have ever been involved at the finish in what looked a slowly run race at Fontainebleu on her penultimate effort before falling in a decent race at Compiegne last time out.
However, it was notable that there was some money around for her before that run and she travelled far kinder than previously, beginning to take closer order when coming down a long way from home.
Expect her to be out of the back early and this bet is a bit of a speculative one but she could just outrun her massive odds.
ECHO DE CHAMPDOUX (2.15 Auteuil, 2m5f Grade 3 H’cap Hurdle)
This is an extremely competitive race so we’ll be chancing another one at a decent each-way price.
Echo De Champdoux caught the eye when finishing third in a in a chase at Auteuil in October - the form of that race worked out really well - before he got bogged down in heavy ground in a Listed chase a month later.
Wore blinkers for the first time and was noted making steady late progress over a slightly shorter trip than this on his comeback last time despite pulling hard and racing wide.
Better can be expected here.
PHILANTHROPE (2.45 Auteuil, 2m2f Listed Hurdle)
Has not raced for 169 days but that could well be a positive given that she often goes well after a layoff, winning on her debut and also reaching the winner’s enclosure on her first run after a 354-day break last September
Has gone well at this level in the past and we know she goes well in this type of ground, so should hopefully run well on her comeback.