French Racing Tips – Best bets at Longchamp on Thursday

Waldgeist wins the Prix de L'arc de Triomphe at LongchampWaldgeist wins the Prix de L'arc de Triomphe at Longchamp


We’ve been in fantastic form with our French Racing Tips, firing in a pair of 6/1 winners,an 18/1 stunner and a 9/2 nap in the first three days since horseracing resumed.

Longchamp returns to the fray on Thursday and there is a fantastic card featuring two Group races and three Listed races for us to sink our teeth into.

Our French experts have studied every video and every piece of form to provide the best French Racing previews and best French racing tips for you to follow.

SEACHANGE (10.10 Longchamp, 1m3f Listed)

The opening race on the card features some promising fillies but it looks likely to boils down into a match between the Raabihah and Seachange.

The former won her only start on an artificial track at Cagnes-Sur-Mer in January despite looking green and she is likely to be sent off favourite on the back of that.

However, preference is for the maiden Seachange who has finished runner-up on her two starts. Her style of racing suggests she will appreciate the step up in trip and she looks the likely pace angle in the race having raced up with the pace in both starts.

Rider Maxime Guyon could get first run on this filly and we’ve seen this week how important it can be to race from the front in small fields in France.

PAO ALTO (10.40 Lonchamp, 1m1f Group 3)

Just six runners in the Prix La Force but every runner has tasted victory at least once in their career and half the field won on their last start.

Unusually for a French race, there could be a pace battle from the gates with Mkfancy, Ocean Atlantique and Another Sky all having made the running in previous races.

Mkfancy is a Group 1 winner and deserves respect after beating two Aidan O’Brien-trained runners into second and third in the Gran Criterium de Saint-Cloud but he may not be open to as much improvement as some of the others.

In the hope of a truly-run race, it could be worth chancing Pao Alto who was impressive when coming from off the pace to win a Listed race at the end of last season at Bordeaux. If he’s fit, he could take some beating.

MAGIC ATTITUDE (11.10 Longchamp, 1m1f Group 3)

Has an interesting mix of speed and stamina in her pedigree being a daughter of superstar sire Galileo and Nunthorpe winner Margot Did.

Looks to have that mix of speed and stamina in her running style and was unlucky not to win a Listed race on her final start least season when getting no luck in running and losing out to rivals who had first run on her.

She should swoop late and can go close if getting the breaks.

GRAND GLORY (11.40 Longchamp, 1m2f Listed)

It’s interesting to see that the two Aga Khan-owned fillies from the same stable take each other on as four-year-olds and it is obviously worth noting that star rider Christophe Soumillon has chosen Dariyma even though her form seems inferior to stablemate Dariyza.

But a chance is taken on Grand Glory who makes her return from the track after nearly a year off. She was last seen when putting in a flying finish to finish third in the Prix de Diane (French Oaks) behind Channel.

She has the assistance of Pierre-Charles Boudot in the saddle and should run well if fit for this return.

TIBASTI (12.10 Longchamp, 7f Listed)

Steps up in class but the way he travelled and kicked clear of his rivals to win a conditions race at Chantilly last time suggested he should be followed wherever he turns up next time.

Clearly needs to prove that he’s just as good on turf but it’s interesting that leading rider Christophe Soumillon has been booked for the ride, replacing Pierre-Charles Boudot who is retained to ride for Andre Fabre.

Expect this strong traveller to give a good account of himself.

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