International Horse RacingWe’ve continued to bang in the winners this week and we are back again with our top [France racing tips]() at Clairefontaine on Thursday

ICATCHER (11.10 Clairefontaine, 1m)

Have to say his return at Listed level was disappointing but he missed the break and rushed through the field before pulling hard and fading late on.

Starting price of 7/1 for that contest suggests he retains his ability and rider Soufiane Saadi has now been replaced by Vincent Cheminaud.

Showed he has plenty of ability when winning his final start as a juvenile and the second, third, fourth and eighth have all won subsequently, so it could be worth forgiving that poor run at Toulouse last time.


AZANO (12.10 Clairefontaine, 7f Group 3)

A difficult Group race to solve with some runners out to put poor efforts behind them and Spinning Memories bidding to follow up his Listed success at Longchamp this month.

In this tight race it might be worth backing Azano, who makes his first start for Francis-Henri Graffard after competing for John Gosden last year.

Azano ran in the 2,000 Guineas last season and won a Group 3 at Chantilly in June before losing his form in much tougher races than this. That loss of form is a slight worry but he may have been freshened up by the change of yard and his best form entitles him to go close here.


CHARLESQUINT (13.50 Clairefontaine, 1m handicap)

Was well beaten on his first run for five months at Longchamp a couple of weeks ago but caught the eye making good late headway.

Should improve for that effort and he had some worthy form as a juvenile, finishing third behind leading french Guineas fancy Pao Alto, who won a Group 3 first time up on his return.


AIGUIERE D’ARGENT (14.20 Clairefontaine, 1m handicap)

Finished a superb third in a competitive handicap at Longchamp on his last start and that came after he’d missed the break from a bad draw.

A confirmed hold-up performer, he’ll need the breaks to come at the right time but he’s got a decent draw here and should go close.