Wednesdays racing comes from Compiegne and Chantilly and there is something for everyone, with a 7-race National Hunt card followed by 8-races on the Flat in the late afternoon. The unpredictability of the weather is making the going hard to read, but after a couple of relatively dry days, we have ground described as "Collant", or tacky at Compiegne whilst is is officially called soft at Chantilly.
Both meetings look relatively informative for the future, with the 3-year-old hurdles looking particularly strong at Compiegne, whilst the 2 maidens at Chantilly are packed full of runners with Group 1 entries later in the season. Having looked through both cards in detail, I am sure that there are plenty of winners to come out of these races, but a couple of horses really appeal for today. Here are the best bets for both cards this Wednesday...
10:50 Compiegne - FEE SACREE NOLIMIT - 1pt WIN (2/1 Betfair, SKYBet0
Finished 4th in a strong Newcomers hurdle at Lyon-Parilly. Travelled well behind a pair of decent horses from the Macaire team. Still upsides at the 2nd last before tiring in the closing stages but did keep on to hold 4th from Francois Nicolle runner. The time and form of that race look above average for the grade and this drop back into Claiming company should bring out further improvement. The Pitart yard has had 25 places from 45 runners over hurdles so far in 2022, although only 1 winner, the horses can be said to be running to form. In for 100% in this Claimer, Connections look to have found a good opportunity to gain a return on their investment. On paper looks to have 1 horse to beat, but looked to achieve more on debut than Triptajika, who was beaten 28-lengths in a slowly run race at Fontainebleau and who has already had 4 yards in his 7-race career.
3:27 Chantilly - WIMBOURNE MINSTER - 2pt WIN (6/5 Paddys, Coral)
Finished 2nd at Deauville on Heavy ground in October. Form of that race has worked out well in the interim and the front 2 pulled a long way clear of the rest. The winner ran with credit in a G3 at Saint-Cloud last month, whilst the 4th, 6th and 11th have all won races on their next starts to boost that form. She had every chance at the furlong pole but wasn't able to quicken in deep ground, though still kept on for a clear 2nd placed finish. Returns on a sounder surface here which should aid her chance and looks to have a favourites chance in a race where the majority of the field look like they need more of a stamina test. Has G1 entries in the Prix Saint-Alary and the Prix de Diane, should be capable of winning this if she is going to realise those ambitions.