Back at the top of her game following a string of sanctions (7) FASHION D'HERIPRE was denied a Cagnes double recently by a fine performance from the unfancied (13) FASHION STAR but she should be good enough to exact revenge. The in-form (9) FAMILY FIRST found herself boxed in when full of running a fortnight ago and with a better trip can more than make amends. (10) FAIRY STORY is very hard to fault when focused and the nature of her recent Vivaux success augurs well for her chances.
Winner over shorter here last summer (13) FESTIVAL D'ORIENT has taken little time getting back in shape and can win this if he reproduces his recent Vincennes performance. That being said the complicated (11) FAST PASS races barefoot for the occasion and with application will be dangerous. (12) FALKO DE NOUVILLE has not been seen out since November but has work under his belt and racing unshod all four can get straight back in the game. The complicated (6) FLASH LE FOL has just one race under his belt this term but is one of the better elements here and on good behaviour can make a big impact.
Following a lean spell in the latter half of last year (13) EVERTON DE VANDEL returned to winning ways over shorter here recently and with his mind on the job can double up. (11) DRAGON ROUGE won a similar event with authority earlier in the month and looks the main threat. The versatile (7) DIALETTO is at the top of his game and races unshod behind this time with justified ambition. (15) DAKOTA WINNER is not always the most reliable but he went close under these conditions a fortnight ago and must be respected.
(4) ELEA MIP scored her eighth Cagnes success earlier in the month and in this small field again looks the pick of the field. Ensch will nevertheless be wary of (3) FABULOUS JET who also imposed over course and distance last time out. (1) FRANCE VOIRONS finished a close second to him that day and looks a player once more. (2) DINO VOLO drops marginally in category after pleasing on his recent Cagnes debut and similarly looks competitive for a spot in the frame.
In excellent shape since returning from his autumn break (4) FOR LOVE drops marginally in category following a solid effort over longer here last week and from the 4-spot is ideally placed to impose. The complicated but talented (12) ELMAGNIFICO DE LOU has not been handed the best of draws but he won here on the same day and looks the main threat. (7) FILS DE STAR returns to conditions he appreciates after having failed to make the grade in Paris and can start to redeem himself. (5) EXTRA MOSSA reassured at Vivaux last Monday and backs up with a good hand to play.
Superb last season (12) GUN SISSI showed improvement here earlier in the month on his second start back. Briand races him first time barefoot and looks good enough to impose this time. (1) GUADALUPE showed a different side to herself under these conditions a fortnight ago when first time unshod all four and the 25m head-start stands her in good stead. Not once out of the frame when applied (2) GENERAL DE KACY showed his form despite losing his action here recently and on good behaviour can make amends and go close. (7) GLADIATEUR TURGOT is one of the trickier elements here but he caught the eye in the race of reference and will have his chances if he assures his initial strides.
An excellent servant in both the professional and amateur ranks (7) DIMPLE drops back down the class ladder after a month off and should be able to wrap this up. He will however be pitted against (2) ALTO DE MARIONS who imposed smartly at Vincennes late December. (6) CAZAR DES ERABLAIS seldom disappoints when focused and excels at this level of competition. (3) CLAIRON gave a reassuringly good account under the saddle a fortnight ago and returns to the harness code with a decent chance of making the frame.
Superb in both starts under these conditions (7) EILEEN is up against only her own sex this time and can put her recent Vincennes performance firmly behind her. Bekaert can nevertheless expect to encounter resistance from the reinvigorated (11) DESSYLONA who gave a fine effort over track and trip a fortnight ago. Not once out of the frame in three starts when barefoot (9) ETERNELLA also appears to be in with a decent shout. Runner-up for Maxime Guyon here last weekend (6) CELIA ROCQ goes unshod all four this time and can again make the frame.