French Racing Tips – Best bets at Chantilly on Wednesday

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Our tour of French Flat racing continues with Chantilly providing the stage for a host of promising types, with conditions races over a mile starting the card and the Group 3 Prix Texanita featuring some potentially classy sprinters.

Our European racing experts have pored over the videos and the form to bring you the best French Racing previews and the top French Racing tips as we count down to the return of British and Irish racing some time in June.

WINWOOD (10.00 Chantilly, 1m)

This Godolphin colt represents the powerful trainer/jockey combination of Andre Fabre and Mickael Barzalona but was disappointing on the face of it on his sole start last season when finishing sixth of eight in a decent maiden at Deauville over 6f.

That finishing position does not tell the whole story though as he missed the break by around five lengths, raced green but still managed to make an eyecatching mid-race move to lead a couple of furlongs out before understandably fading late on.

He should learn from that experience and could bustle up the likely favourite Celestin who won a Listed race at Deauville in November.

BIONIC WOMAN (10.30 Chantilly, 1m)

Andre Fabre and Mickael Barzalona could be set for a good start to the day as Bionic Woman is fancied to take this drop in class in her stride. 

She was last seen at Longchamp on Arc weekend when finishing fourth in the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac and that is clearly the best form on offer in this race, so she is worthy of inclusion in our best French Racing Tips.

She can get the better of her main market rival Simeen who is unbeaten in two starts, but Simeen’s trainer Jean-Claude Rouget has suffered some high-profile defeats in the first week of racing in France, notably when Arc third Sottsass was well beaten in the Prix Harcourt on Monday.

HURRICANE IVOR (12.30 Chantilly, 6f)

Looked a colt of some promise when blitzing his rivals to win by nearly eight lengths on his debut at this course in May last year. Was then sent off a warm favourite to win a Group 3 contest at the same track a month later but disappointed when well down the field.

Makes his seasonal return after being off the track since but it often pays to forgive a horse one bad run and he could be overpriced if we take the impression he made on his debut at face value.

WOODED (1.12 Chantilly, 6f)

Plenty of Group race form on show, particularly from Alocacia. She finished runner-up to French 1,000 Guineas favourite Tropbeau last season before finishing fifth at Group 2 level. But she could play second fiddle to Wooded, who finished second and third at this level in his final two runs last season.

He has pulled too hard over further in his recent runs and a fast-run pace over this sprint trip should prove more to his liking.