Monday’s card set the scene but it was Tuesday’s action that really delivered the goods. Impressive wins in the maidens by Muntjac and Trope Prete in the 2 maidens were followed by an easy success for Mutabahi in the feature race. Wednesday sees the 3rd of 5 days racing at Cagnes this week, with the Class 2 Prix Louis Gautier Vignal as the feature race. That looks to be a very hot heat, but it is in the earlier fillies maiden that the next of my horses to follow makes her comeback.
INDIAN WISH (12:15)
3YO Filly - trained by Henri-Alex Pantall
SANDRO V. GIANELLA
The Grey Gatsby x Indian Cat (One Cool Cat)
She made her debut in a Saint-Cloud maiden in October, making the running at a decent clip before keeping on nicely to finish 2nd to the very impressive Life in Motion. The 3rd horse that day, Roselyne, won on her next start to advertise the form, whilst the winner was only beaten 6-lengths in a Group at Deauville. Indian Wish made her 2nd start in a 6-furlong maiden at Fontainebleau in November, with connections probably hoping that the soft ground would negate the drop in trip and bring her stamina into play. She finished 6th, beaten 4-lengths, but that run can easily be forgiven in hindsight. Having been drawn away from the rail, she was bumped at the start and raced without cover towards the centre of the track. That is always a disadvantage on the sprint track at Fontainebleau, a fact born out by the winner making most of the running alongside the stands rail. We will put a line through that effort and focus instead on the debut, which was very encouraging. She is a half-sister to 4 winners, including 2 who won on the all weather and her breeding would suggest that this step up in trip should bring out further improvement. By the end of the year she will no doubt step up to middle distances, but for now the 1-mile trip at Cagnes should suit.