Talking Horses: the best bets for Ludlow and the Prix Djebel in France

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Talking Horses Share on Twitter Support The Guardian This year’s race was relocated to Deauville from its familiar home at Maisons-Laffitte as long ago as mid‑February, after the Seine broke its banks and flooded the Parisian track earlier in the winter. The switch has had no effect on the standard of the field, however, as it includes the unbeaten colt Sacred Life, currently a 20-1 chance for the 2,000 Guineas on 5 May.Sacred Life was denied a run at Group One level at the end of his juvenile season when the Critérium International at Saint-Cloud on 29 October was abandoned after a group of trainers, owners and breeders protesting about a proposed cut in payments from France Galop, their governing body, blocked the entrance to the parade ring.Stephane Wattel’s runner would have been a live contender for that race, having won his second and third starts – including the Group Three Thomas Bryon – by a combined total of 11 lengths. His six-length win on soft ground in the Bryon suggests he will cope with heavy going this afternoon, while Cardsharp, from Mark Johnston’s stable in Yorkshire, is an interesting opponent for Sacred Life this afternoon as his form last year included a defeat of U S Navy Flag, the subsequent Middle Park and Dewhurst winner, in the July Stakes at Newmarket.Sacred Life could well emerge as a very credible contender for the Guineas after today’s trial, which is due off at 1.50. On the domestic cards, meanwhile, Sonneofpresenting (2.50) could be worth a small interest when he makes his first start since October on the card at Ludlow. Show Share on WhatsApp Was this helpful? features Thank you for your feedback. Share on Facebook Horse racing tips Horse racing Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Hide Share on Messenger The five-day declarations for the Grand National on Saturday will be along presently to set up a nervous three days for the connections of horses around the 40-runner cut-off point but, as far as racecourse action goes, today’s most significant race could well prove to be the Group Three Prix Djebel in France, which has highlighted winners of both the English 2,000 Guineas (Makfi) and its French equivalent (Style Vendome) within the past eight years. Read more Quick guide Greg Wood’s tips for Monday’s racing Topics Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Kempton 2.00 Lungarno Palace 2.30 Notre Ami 3.05 Roll The Dough 3.35 Station Master 4.10 Longtown 4.45 Versifier 5.20 Ramore Will 5.50 Uncle Percy Wincanton 2.10 Athreeothree 2.40 The Last But One 3.15 Daytime Ahead 3.45 Kalarika 4.20 Adrien Du Pont 4.55 Black Narcissus 5.25 Unwin Vc Ludlow 2.20 Shalakar 2.50 Sonneofpresenting (nb) 3.25 I’m A Game Changer 3.55 Colin’s Brother 4.30 Diva Du Maquis 5.05 Bay Sly 5.35 Oh Michelle Wolverhampton 5.15 Black Truffle 5.45 Beshaayir 6.15 Doctor Sardonicus 6.45 Outrath 7.15 Emigrated (nap) 7.45 Western Way 8.15 The King’s Steed 8.45 Gone With The Wind  Kim Bailey’s chaser finished a decent sixth behind Cogry at Cheltenham’s first meeting of the season having won three times over the summer. Sonneofpresenting is a little weak in the market this morning but has gone well when fresh in the past, winning after breaks of 255 and 78 days, and he should be able to take up his preferred position at the head of the field.Roll The Dough (3.05) and Black Narcissus (4.55) both have fair chances at the odds on the cards at Kempton and Wincanton respectively, while Emigrated (7.15) had no luck in running last time and can return to winning form at Wolverhampton’s evening meeting. Martyn Meade’s Chilean in line for Dante after divine success in Parislast_img