French resumption: four things learned after week one

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Thurles Horse Racing Tips and Stats: Saturday 21st March 2020

A week of French racing taking place since the Covid-19 lockdown has just ended. While at home and going through the games, here are four pointers we have picked up along the way courtesy of gooner news.

Goken runners pace

Everyone have had to wait a little while longer than usual to see the French’s first juvenile runners of this year’s first-season sires in Europe, is well known to always be a time of great intrigue and anticipation.

One runner who has been particularly in awesome form out of the blocks is Goken, with two winnings and a second from his six runners in the first week of action. The fast two-year-old runner have won over 4½f before winning at Group 3 level later in the season, Goken appears to have passed plenty of that pace on to his offspring and it’s definitely one to watch out for in the future.

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Andre Fabre and Freddy Head needs the run

While we are just into the middle month of May, it’s only the start of the season for trainers and their horses. There are many big races lined up to comes as the season progresses and, as such, some yards are yet to pushed all the buttons in preparing their horses and trainers for the opening fixtures.

Speaking of yards yet to pushed all the buttons in preparing their horses for the opening fixtures, gooner news reckon these include the yards of champion trainer Andre Fabre and Freddy Head, with the runners from both performing well on the whole but perhaps lacking that sharpness racing can bring. Fabre and Head are well-known to be masters at bringing their horses along through the season and peaking them for the big days, so it’s worth keeping an eye on them as the week’s progress.

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Hurricane Ivor’s potential still an high prospect

Last year Hurricane Ivor was a promising horse with serious potential which saw him nominated as a leading casino uk online contender for the two-year-old races at Royal Ascot. However, his wheels came off when he was beaten next time out and he did not reappear until running at Chantilly last week where he was brilliant once again.

Coming on the back of brilliant pace, Hurricane Ivor could well clean up in the sprinting division in France this year if able to build on his reappearance effort with the country not traditionally known for the strength in depth of its sprinters.

Powerhouse jumps yard not releasing grip

Everyone is used to seeing big names dominating the jumps scene in Britain, with Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson, and Ireland, where Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott rule the roost. The same trends follows also in France where we have the likes of Francois Nicolle and David Cottin both claiming winners in the early skirmishes like there is no tomorrow.

The former, Francois Nicolle, claimed a pair of Grade 2s on Auteuil’s Sunday card, while the ambitious Cottin on the other hand, saddled Easysland to defeat Tiger Roll in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, is operating at a near 30 per cent strike rate.

All that being said, latest news on gooner news can help you before placing your bets on international races.

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