WhichBookie racing analyst Will Smith provides a preview and two each-way selections for the sponsored card at Fontwell Park on Wednesday 20th October
Below, you’ll find Poule D’Essai Des Poulains betting tips from WhichBookie tipster Will Smith. Poule D’Essai Des Poulains takes place in Paris on Monday 1st June, is run over 1 mile and is the first challenge of the season for 3 year old colts.
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Reshabar – 33/1 EW (Bet365)
As UK racing belatedly lurches into gear after the imposed lockdown, we can take solace from Germany and France, where racing has been largely drama-free since starting up again just over two weeks ago.
The French action has been hugely intriguing and of a very high quality also. Various trials for the French versions of the 2000 Guineas, 1000 Guineas, French Derby and French Oaks have been run, with some fascinating results.
It seems some of last year’s crack two-year-olds were not up to the mark on their three-year-old debuts – the likes of Victor Ludorum, Ecrivain and Celestin all being beaten on seasonal bow. Which potentially leaves the nature of the Poule D’Essai Des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas) far more open than the market suggests.
Of the nine remaining confirmations for the centrepiece on Deauville’s stellar Monday card, having been transferred from Longchamp, only one hasn’t had a run in the last two weeks or so. That being Alson, who was reportedly on target for Newmarket and the UK 2000 Guineas. His trainer Andre Fabre, the master himself, is responsible for two other confirmations – Victor Ludorum and Arapaho.
Victor Ludorum, Ecrivain and Kenway were all behind the enterprisingly ridden The Summit at Longchamp in the recognised 2000 Guineas trial, the Prix De Fontainebleu, on racing’s resumption day in Paris – before the red zone around the capital was closed to racing. They can all improve and get closer to The Summit, who had the plum draw in stall 1 and made use of it, making every yard.
One horse who has not had any such luck with draws in his three career starts to date, is the Markus Munch-trained Reshabar. 9 of 9, 10 of 11 and 7 of 8 have presented him with some tricky assignments. That he has improved hand over fist on each of his starts, culminating with an all the way win at Chantilly two weeks ago – beating the well-regarded Celestin and Winwood in the process – and granted another jump forward from that seasonal debut, his odds of 33/1 are very enticing.
Perhaps due to his little-known trainer Markus Munch, who is an ex-German footballer, the price about Reshabar is particularly generous. Munch knows how to handle a decent horse however, as he saddled the high-quality filly Spectre to finish second in the 2016 French 2000 Guineas, before going on to finish in the top four in a further four Group 1’s.
Delve a bit deeper into his performance at Chantilly, and it points to it being a very noteworthy run indeed, as he ran a time just over a second quicker than the second favourite for both the French 1000 Guineas and French Oaks, Simeen, who won the following race over the same mile trip.
Not only that, but the way he quickened notably in the mid-race section suggested that he is very versatile when it comes to tactics. Granted a decent draw, he can certainly outrun his odds of 33/1.