Français double?

Day one of the Newbury Greatwood meeting with tomorrow’s Greatwood Gold Cup being the highlight. We are looking at two races from the course today. The going is Soft – Good to Soft in places on the chase course. The ground may ease again slightly with rain forecast before racing commences at 2.10.

Newbury 2.40

Le Breuil looked very impressive on latest start, with the form being sound.

Assuming that all’s well after an absence of just on four months, he sets a high standard here and should be competitive in a higher grade than this Class 4 event in the future.

I go:

Le Breuil   evens

Benatar     7/2

Woodfort  7/2

Le Breuil

Newbury 3.15

Plaisir D’Amour runs from the Venetia Williams stable, who are in great form. Moved from France last December and looks progressive.

Red Devil Star, Greybougg and Keep Moving are all reasonably handicapped.

My tissue:

Plaisir D’Amour 2/1

Red Devil  7/2

Greybougg 7/2

Keep Moving  11/2

12/1 bar

There is currently little value in the early markets for this tight little handicap.


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