Saturday, 9 March 2013

2pts win ARNAUD 20/1 (Betfair) Paddy Power Imperial Cup
1pt win FIRST AVENUE 29/1(Betfair) Paddy Power Imperial Cup

Testing conditions here and Arnaud looks interesting enough at his price. He ran really well on his only run in the UK in last year's Fred Winter and a repeat of his run two outings ago, when chasing home Blackstairsmountain at Cork, would put him right in the picture. Furthermore, he is most certainly open to further improvement, acts in the mud, and hails from a very shrewd yard so encouragement would be gained if he began to shorten during the morning.

First Avenue was unfortunate when a last flight casualty when  looking the likely winner here in November off the same rating as today. He then ran another good race in a valuable event at Ascot in November on testing ground. A bit of a typically quirky Montjieu,  First Avenue has  a moderate strike rate but worth chancing at present odds in the hope that it all comes together.

First Avenue Won  + 25.5pts