A close runner up here on his hurdle debut at Pau early last month (5) FERET ran well again there since when third in another hurdle race. He has a fitness edge and can get the better of (1) FURAX who was a promising fourth on his chase debut at Auteuil last August. (3) FAUTILUNEDENUO and (2) FLAVIUS can fill the minor placings.
A five year old conditions chase that might fall to (8) COMME MAMAN who has important steeplechase experience as evidenced by a decent third last time out at Pau. She might overcome the likes of (5) TINO ROLI and (11) PRETTYBLUE who look the biggest threats. (2) MONTE GORDO has claims also in a very tricky event for punters.
The first of the many big race fields to come on the card. (3) CURLY D'AUTHIE is chosen and hopes are high that the Pacault runner can record a belated success to go with his two victories from 2016. He looks ready. (1) ASDESMAR and (2) SACHA GREEN look the most likely to give the selection a headache. (4) GRANDGARDE and (8) DEEXOS D'ARREE are next best.
This four year old colts and geldings conditions hurdle might be fought out by the newcomers. The big connections of (15) AUTHORITY will be hoping the son of Turgeon will live up to his name. He is well enough related and the word is good. (11) FASANOUR is also well thought of. (14) FELLOW MAG fell on debut but more will be expected of him here. (NP) SHAKTIMAN and (4) KANABAA ONE have minor claims.
This four year old conditions hurdle looks booked to go to one of the newcomers. (12) LADY LISES fits the bill perfectly. Her dam was unraced but this one's half sister Eerimm is already a triple winner so the portents for a winning debut are definitely there and being by Kapgarde is a bonus. (16) BENIDORM is another debutante that should be in the mix. (8) SAINTE DU BRIZAIS is also by Kapgarde and could be very useful. (13) EVER LOVE and (9) DINO VIREENNE can come in next.
The old saying of 'the bigger the field the bigger the certainty ' will hopefully apply here. Of course there is no no such thing as a certainty but (1) EDYLAN will surely take all the beating. Alain Couetil is a master trainer who places his animals very carefully so the fact that he comes here is significant. (4) JULIANOS and (3) ELYSIUM DES BOIS can challenge for the runner up spot with smaller claims for (5) ERIS and (16) SOMMERY.
Another splendid race to finish off the day and there appears to be a very solid wager in the shape of (12) ULTRANET who has been running against some very serious opposition for some time now and this looks his easiest task for a while. One that could shake him up at a price however is (3) LES BEAUFS who goes well fresh so he should be at peak today. (2) DINDIN and (11) SISTADENN have strong claims along with (6) ULTRA LUCKY.