French Connections

Sky Sports Racing’s Laurent Barbarin has flagged our four French runners to note in the coming days, including a Triumph Hurdle entrant now trained by Jamie Snowden.

  • Wednesday 04 March
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EN BETON (Nicolas de Lageneste >>> Willie Mullins) – Has had one run already in Ireland.

Runner-up in a 4 Year Old condition hurdle in his only start in France, this son of Network is out of an AQPS mare that has produced only one winner from eight to have run. His dam Nee A Saint Voir won three times over fences in the French provinces. En Beton was exported to Ireland about one month after his second place at Auteuil in April 2018, in a race that has turned out to be very moderate. He is a big individual that will probably make a nice chaser in the future.  He has been given a lot of time off after he was sent over to Ireland as it is generally the case with Willie Mullins’s French imports. Soundly beaten on his re-entry in a bumper at Navan last December, he will surely be much more interesting to follow over the obstacles and especially fences but that may not be this year yet. He remains hard to assess at this stage but should be a lot smarter in his next start whether it is on the flat or over jumps. Although he does not look anything special at this stage, I would recommend to keep him on the radar when he is to run over the obstacles.

Entered Thursday at Thurles 5.35, Saturday at Gowran Park 2.35, Sunday at Naas 2.10

FAROUK DE CHENEAU (Philippe Chemin >>> Nicky Henderson)

This son of Day Light out of Kardamone (Network) went off the mark on his third attempt over hurdles at Vittel in July last year over 2m3f. He had run a good race on his debut at Saint-Malo in May when finishing second to Ballymore Inn before posting a modest effort at Dieppe one month later. He has only raced in the French provinces and his form has yet to be franked. His dam never won in five starts on the flat and over jumps in France but she has produced three winners from three to have run so far and they all seem to have good jumping ability. Here again, this horse is difficult to assess but I can see him going chasing as one of his two half-brother, Caprice La Cheneau, was a very useful performer in Cross-Country chases in France. Although this horse has a bit to prove on form, he is trained by the master Nicky Henderson and therefore must be monitored in the betting if he runs this Friday at Sandown.

Entered Friday at Sandown 1.50
 
GA LAW (Gabriel Leenders>>> Jaimie Snowden)

An easy winner of a Three Year Old hurdle at Argentan in October last season in his only start in France, Ga Law scored by 7 ½ lengths on this occasion, beating eleven rivals from which only one has since won a race and that was in a claiming hurdle at Fontainebleau. The horse that finished second to Ga Law on this occasion is Guernesey who was beaten 37L when fourth to Blacko on his UK debut at Warwick last January for Philip Hobbs. Ga Law was sold at the Arqana Autumn sales for 100 000 €uros to Highflyer Bloodstock and was then exported to UK. He is an AQPS by Sinndar out of a dam that has produced seven winners from ten runners including Val De Law (Epalo) who finished third in a Grade 1 chase at Aintree in 2015. The family is rather useful and although the race won by Ga Law leaves a lot to be desired, he showed on this occasion a nice turn of foot and a lot of a jumping ability. His early entry in the Triumph hurdle suggests that he must have shown good things at home.

Entered Friday at Sandown 1.50, Monday at Stratford 2.10, Friday 13 March in Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham
 
IMPERIL (Christian Scandella >>> Nick Littmoden) Has had one run (win) already in UK

Although his French form looks very moderate, Imperil made little work of his rivals on his UK debut at Fakenham on 1 January. He had run five times in France over hurdles before he was exported to UK last November and was placed twice in the provinces. Imperil was on his way to a very easy victory when he unseated his rider at the last hurdle in a claimer at Nîmes in his last French start. However, he has made good progress within a month under Nick Littmoden and there is probably plenty more to come from this son of No Risk At All who has enjoyed great success over jumps with his progeny recently. He is the first foal to run out of a dam that was a one-time winner in a cross-Country chase and she also is a half-sister to several smart performers over jumps in France. The 2m trip seems to suit him admirably and he certainly has a bright future in UK.

Entered Saturday at Sandown 1.20

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