Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Neil Morrice: International Racing - Monday 11 May 2020

Neil Morrice: International Racing - Monday 11 May 2020

Neil Morrice brings us all of his best bets and tips for Monday's racing taking place at Will Rogers Downs and Longchamp.

Other international racing tips for Monday:

Swan Hill 


Will Rogers Downs Best Bets Monday

Race 3 (Allowance)

Trainer: Karl Broberg - Jockey: David Cabrera

On third run since joining the Broberg barn, YOUNG HENDRICK can better his recent solid runs in defeat against some admittedly in-form rivals. The five-year-old hasn’t been short of support on those occasions, and his followers may get better value from him in this higher grade. Drawn alongside him, the game and consistent Valiant Appeal figures to make it this time lucky following two near-misses for his new trainer. He’s used to this level, as is the case with VISUAL PUNCH, who when returning from a protracted absence took out one of these last month.

Prediction: 5-4-7

Race 4 (Starter Optional Claiming)

Trainer: Jon Arnett - Jockey: Leandro Goncalves

MULBERRY may be getting longer in the tooth but the mare has proven a winner machine in putting together a four-race sequence since last November. Those include an optional claimer and an allowance here, so that she now defends a two race unbeaten record at the track. Goncalves has developed a fine understanding with the mare and the combination can prove too strong for Karate Hottie, who regularly attracts support and has started at 13-8 or less for six of her seven starts for the Broberg barn. Miss Perfecta had her winning run halted by Mulberry last time, and its difficult to envisage a change.

Prediction: 8-4-6

Race 8 (Starter Optional Claiming)

Trainer: Greg Eidschun - Jockey: Floyd Wethey Jr

In two barn moves off the claim in a 20-month period PAPA MAMBO has never failed to menace in eight starts. This includes an allowance win as well as three good efforts in defeat at Turfway Park, before her move to the Eidschun team. She has it in her to surprise a few people, breaking from a wide post but having a couple of her main foes either side of her. This comprises Ten Count Out who came good for the Broberg barn on second start here, and also Alex’s Bourbon who is very effective here, as well as being less exposed. The latter’s hot streak should ensure she is right there, and the main threat to Papa Mambo.

Prediction: 8-9-7

Race 9 (Handicap)

Trainer: Robertino Diodoro - Jockey: Ty Kennedy

After completing a fine hat-trick on his first three starts for Diodoro last fall, STEPHEN’S ANSWER has consolidated this year and figures to get back the losses sustained on him in an allowance at this track at the end of April. It was the second time running he’d been rolled at a shade of odds-on, but I fancy he will make no mistake this time. He could find Tour de Force, a hugely consistent performer on the New York circuit, as the main stumbling block to another success. Also worth putting in is Eagle Pass, who made the perfect start to his spell here and was a frequent winner when also stationed in that metropolis.

Prediction: 7-5-3

Longchamp (Paris) Best Bets Monday

Race 3 – No14 – THE GOOD MAN (Each Way)
Trainer: Stephane Wattel - Jockey: Theo Bachelot

The promise THE GOOD MAN has shown in four maidens can manifest itself on his first venture into handicap company. The Manduro colt has done plenty of work on the all-weather and grass tracks at Deauville, and typical of his sire’s offspring will relish rain. It’s been wet in Paris over the laat weekend and the more it continues, the better his chance. He also has a good midfield draw to give his pilot options. As one would expect, it’s a competitive heat and Andre Fabre’s GANBARU is a must include following his placed effort at Chantilly before the cessation of racing. FIBURN F was beaten just over two lengths in a conditions race and affords respect off top weight, while YOUNG MAN is capable of taking home a slice of the cake if ready after his break.

Prediction: 14-5-1-4

Trainer: Anastasia Wattel - Jockey: Gregory Benoist

Under a double penalty the promising CORONADO BEACH can take out this conditions race following a lay off of exactly 200 days. The Toronado colt gamely held on for a short-head success on debut for his trainer at Deauville last autumn, and has developed both physically and mentally through the winter. He shouldn’t be far away from full fitness, while expected to improve for the run. The two unbeaten fillies in the field are also worthy of inclusion. CHORBA stylishly delivered on her Deauville introduction before Christmas and is greatly respected for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, while SPEAK OF THE DEVIL also won decisively on her own first start at the same track. The Fabre runner MAZAGRAN is a potential improver off one promising run, and goes in.

Prediction: 1-6-8-7

Race 6 – No2 – KHAYZARAAN
Trainer: Freddy Head - Jockey: Aurelien Lemaitre

The Group 3 Prix de La Grotte should shed some light onto the Pouliches (French 1,000 Guineas) and two fillies set to dominate are TROPBEAU and KHAYZARAAN. Tropbeau took out a Group 2 at the Deauville Festival before finishing third in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket. The daughter of Showcasing is clearly classy and has worked well in Chantilly. However, Khayzaraan greatly impressed when winning a Chantilly conditions race by four and a half lengths last September, and as a daughter of Kingman carries great expectations for owner Sheikh Hamdan. DREAM AND DO is perhaps the joker in the pack as she got better with each run at two, while QUIET TIMES popped up at big prices in both her maiden and a Listed race and needs respecting.

Prediction: 2-5-7-8

Race 7 – No9 – SOUDANIA (Each Way)
Trainer: Freddy Head - Jockey: Aurelien Lemaitre

The Group 2 Prix D’Hoquart has some outstanding names on its roll of honour, and that of SOTTSASS would not be out of place considering his exceptional three-year-old campaign that included victory in the French Derby and third in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. It will be a major shock if the Sijouni colt doesn’t make a winning start to the campaign but SYRTIS is one that can make a race of it. Two near-misses at Group 3 level last year stamp the son of Frankel as useful, and any losses sustained then were recouped when he powered home   at Saint-Cloud in November. Hat-trick seeking filly SIMONA went 2 from 2 after having blinkers to replace a visor and could find further improvement. However, SOUDANIA numbered a Listed and a Group 3 amongst her success for Head last year and looks the obvious alternative should anything go wrong with the favourite.

Prediction: 9-1-4-7

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