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Not only are Thursday evening meeting’s at ParisLongchamp famous for the party atmosphere and live music after racing, but also for offering punters an ideal mid-week opportunity to see some top-class action. There are over 100 runners spread across the eight race card and with an incredible €220,000 prize money on offer, everybody will be fighting for a share. I have picked out FOUR horses that should keep us entertained across the card at nice prices and hopefully help bag a few euros.
Three quiet runs when ridden by apprentice jockeys left the Mauricio Delcher-Sanchez trained BERKANE on the right side of the handicapper for his handicap debut three weeks ago.
The son of Alderflug duly stepped up on those three performances and trounced his rivals when stepped up in distance for that handicap debut, going on to win by 3.5 lengths at Compiegne.
With confidence on their side, connections have opted to supplement Berkane for this conditions race and if he reproduces the same figures as he did at Compiegne, then Berkane should get the job done here. Partnered for the first time by the in-form Ioritz Mendizibal, Berkane is the highest-rated horse in the field and should relish the further step up in distance again here – he should win.
The return to good ground should prove enough for INVINCIBLE LIGHT to get his head back in front here. Trained by Mikael Delzangles, Invincible Light was successful over this distance on his debut (good ground)at Saint-Cloud. The son of Territories already holds the upper hand on some of his rivals here, and although he has a few pounds to make up in terms of figures. Invincible Light is still relatively unexposed and should feel much more at home back on good ground.
In a race confined to female jockeys and with 16 runners, NAVIDAD could be the perfect each-way option. Ridden by one of the finds of last season, young jockey Frida Valle Skar takes the ride on this ultra-consistent, who looks like a return to ParisLongchamp will suit.
The four-year-old is trained by Marcus Nigge and ran very well for connections recently over this course. Valle Skar would have been in high demand for a race of this nature and she can put her experience to use in race of this nature. Navidad is drawn against the rail in stall one and if he can get out on terms, then the fitting of blinkers should help connections scoop the €25,000 first prize.
It’s a lot of miles from Jerome Renyier’s southern-based yard to ParisLongchamp and the lowly-rated STELLA TREMONA could be on a mark to score this time.
The daughter of Ifraaj looks well weighted here, in what looks a very open looking handicap and the move to a more conventional track will suit the three-year-old. Renyier has been on fire this season and Stella Tremona, who is his only runner on the card, will have the assistance of Ronan Thomas as she steps up 300m from her last run at Marseille-Vivaux – a very interesting runner at a nice price.
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