International Horse RacingWe have firing in big-priced winners in the last fortnight in France and our experts are back with their best France Racing Tips on Saturday at Bordeaux

FANTASTIC SPIRIT (11.15 Bordeaux, 1m1f Listed)

This contest should shape up into a match between the market leaders but we prefer the chances of Fantastic Spirit.

Jean-Claude Rouget’s runner has won two of his last three races and a class 1 victory at Cagnes-sur-Mer last time suggests he’s capable of holding his own at this level, while it’s also worth noting that he finished third behind a horse who went on to win at Listed level on his penultimate start

Fantastic Spirit’s last two wins came on artificial tracks but his running style suggests he should be suited by this track on softish ground as he seems to be a horse who gallops on strongly at one pace rather than displaying a sharp turn of foot here.


MR SATCHMO (12.15 Bordeaux, 1m1f Listed)

Drops in grade to Listed class after finishing a decent sixth in a race worth more than £2m to the winner in Doha in February.

That was a decent run and he promises to be even more competitive back here as he’s already won five times at Listed level. Has to give weight away to some potential rivals in this race but his class is already proven and it may take a decent horse to stop him recording his sixth Listed victory here


NORATHIR (1.52 Bordeaux, 1m4f)

Disappointed on her final start in a decent handicap at Saint-Cloud on her final start last season but that’s often the case with fillies who have been kept on the go for a while.

Can be forgiven that run and she’d previously run a succession of decent races, including at a higher level, displaying more than enough ability to suggest she can pick up a win against rivals of this quality.

Top jockey Olivier Peslier takes the ride and that is surely a bonus.


SAGA DAYDREAM (3.07 Bordeaux, 1m4f)

It’s always nice to include one horse at a huge price in these tips and our outsider of the day is Saga Daydream.

She is relatively lightly raced for her age, has shown some signs of ability and she should have a fitness edge over some of her rivals after running just over a week ago at Angers, where she was noted staying on over a couple of furlongs shorter to finish seventh.

There is potentially some improvement to come on that run and she would not be the most forlorn hope here.