The card starts with the day's Quinte where (5) CARESSE should go close after finishing fast here last month behind shock-winner (12) EVENING PRAYER. The latter - who was sent off at 112/1 that day - is likely to be much shorter this time but is drawn a rank further back than the selection. Good cases can also be made for Jean-Michel Bazire's (9) CIDJIE DE GUEZ - a winner at this venue on February 3 - and (1) BALLINA D'OURVILLE - looking for a fourth podium in a row from pole position behind the autostart.
(9) GOLDY MARY beat two of these when coming out on top in a class C on January 11. Now trained as well as driven by Matthieu Abrivard she is taken to double up at the expense of (3) GLORANIE DES NOES who can make up for her disqualification earlier in the month. (10) GALIKA DE VANDEL hasn't been seen since December but with a clear round can take a place on the podium.
(3) EXTREME FARCEUR makes his first appearance of 2019 and if able to keep a good rhythm throughout should be able to land the spoils - however with his record that is a big 'if'. (5) EL FUEGO DE BEZ looks to be the main rival running barefoot this time after finishing third here with just the front shoes removed on January 18. (11) ELIXIR ALDO is next best.
(10) LESPERANZA hadn't been seen since July when finishing a very creditable second of 18 here on January 24 in a class B. A reproduction of that effort should result in victory here. Easy Marseille-Vivaux winner (13) DOLCE D'EBANE is a danger while (12) DOLLY DE CHENU - three places from her last four runs - should also be in the mix.
The talented but fragile (2) DIOLIDA DE CELLAND has a leading chance if keeping stride. The much more consistent (13) DATCHA GIRL - who is on a good run of form - is the one most likely to benefit if the selection falters. (14) DEDICACE DE CHENU won twice here during the winter before disappointing when fancied last time.
The previously consistent (6) FRESNEAUX appeared to be unlucky last time - when suffering interference leading to him breaking stride - and is worth another chance here. (5) FILOU L'AUVERGNIER is reunited with Franck Nivard who steered him to victory on January 14 and 20 - while (4) FAR WEST DU RIB arrives on the back of three podium finishes in a row.
(15) ELODIE LET'S GO is another runner on today's card who either wins or breaks stride - with five wins and six DQs from her last 11 appearances. The hope is that it will be six of each after this. (14) ELLORA DU CEDRE beat (13) ELITE SAN LEANDRO and (3) EGERIE QUESNOT when they filled the frame here on January 28.
The race (8) GRUCHY D'ETE won at Argentan has worked out well. If he gets away cleanly on his return to this venue then the top step of the podium awaits. (13) GOOD BOY BROUETS has made a good start to his ridden campaign and should figure in the frame. (12) GRISE ET ROUGE was third in two harness claimers but like the selection needs a smooth start.