In the piece below you will find the time comparisons for all of the 9 races run at Auteuil on Tuesday, as well as the speed ratings for the hurdles races. Both renewals of the Prix Finot for Fillies are worth noting, although I can't help but feel that the boys achieved slightly more in their races last week. Away from that there were a couple of performances by the older horses that caught the eye. Poly Grandchamp has been a wonderful servant for Francois Nicolle in the Papot silks. He made his return when 5th in the Listed Chase for the older horses behind Gesskille. The winner was well placed by Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero to pick up another big option France under a superb ride from James Reveley, but if you keep watching the replay you will see Poly Grandchamp staying on strongly after being outpaced. This trip is probably a bare minimum for him now which leaves his options limited, but another crack at the Prix La Haye Jousselin in November is clearly the aim and he has made a promising start on that road.
The other horses to note may also be heading to that race. Eddy de Balme is better known as a chaser, but he took advantage of a lower mark over hurdles to run a nice race behind Vae Patron, staying on well over what is surely an inadequate 3,900-metres. He has a few options, both at Auteuil and Compiegne, but should improve for this promising return and there is surely another Grade 3 win in him on this evidence.