French racing tips: Templegate's best bets for Friday's meeting at Vichy live on Sky Sports Racing



COPIN D’ABORD didn’t show a massive amount on his debut nine days ago but Christophe Soumillon saw enough to take over in the saddle and there should be a lot more to come.


ERNESTO DE LA CRUZ has the benefit of a comeback run over his rivals and can make that pay. He was a close fourth at Chantilly despite not being asked too many questions and has more to offer.

Mirage Hero has good handicap form and can cope with this slight rise in class. Dropping back to the minimum trip holds no fears.

Royaumont found Listed company too hot last time and will be happier at this level, while Zadar has few miles on the clock and was a good winner on debut.


ANTICS DEALER drops back in distance on the back of a midfield effort in a hotter race than this at Saint Cloud. She should be on the premises in a wide open race.

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SWEET ZEN showed really good heart to win over six furlongs at Fontainbleau last time. There was plenty of pace on so dropping back in distance shouldn’t be an issue.

Merry Picnic is down in class after tackling Listed company last time. He was a good winner before that and won’t be far away.

Dutch Chop is another who has been operating in stronger races and has a handicap win under his belt. He’s a threat, while Red Fifty has gone close at this level and can’t be discounted.


EVERSWEET got the job done nicely over this trip at Compiege last time out. That was in this claiming level and she should be right there again, with her rider taking off a valuable 9lb in a tight race.


CORVUS GLAIVE won at Dundalk for Ger Lyons last time out in March. That was over seven furlongs but this slightly longer trip won’t be an issue and there’s more to come after just three outings.


ZARKALLANI looks a worthy favourite after his convincing win in this company last time out in March. He’s bred to be much better than this handicap level and is open to improvement on his seventh run.

Tantispoureux has gone well in better contest than this and is best over this trip. If he’s fit he’ll be right there, while Blanche Doree has been off a long time but went close in a Listed race on her latest start so warrants respect.


CHIPIRON has his sights lowered today after a good third at Deaville last time. He has winning form over this trip and his rider’s claim will come in very handy.

Soft Light was sixth in the Arc no less last time. That’s obviously the best form on offer but he may need this comeback.

Goya Senora hit the places in a Listed race last time. This extra furlong should suit and he’s a player if fit enough to show his best form.


REBEL QUEEN goes back into a handicap after showing improved form at claiming level last time out. She has Maxime Guyon in the saddle which has been a real plus since racing got going again.


WAK’A went down fighting in a close finish at Lyon La Soie last time out. That was over 1m4f and this longer distance should be fine. She has every chance of making the frame again.


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