Four fancies for Thursday: Rachel Candelora casts her net at home and abroad

By Rachel Candelora
Thu 26 Oct 2017

_By Rachel Candelora _

With not much Flat racing for me to get my teeth into in the UK on Thursday - only Chelmsford City in the evening - I have once again had a good look at the action in France and there is a really good end of season card at Maisons-Laffitte featuring a Listed race for two-year-olds race and a Grade 2 “Jumpers Bumper” for AQPS fillies and mares.

12.10 Maisons-Laffitte: Carte Sur Table

Arguably one of the best AQPS five-year-old mares currently racing in France, Carte Sur Table has won two of her five Flat races as well as a couple of hurdles and chases.

She won a similar race to this at Saint-Cloud this month on very soft ground by five lengths, with three of her rivals here trialing in her wake. She should confirm that form under Pierre-Charles Boudot.

1.50 Maisons-Laffitte: Coeur De Beaute

The Prix Zeddaan is a 6f Listed race for two-year-olds and looks an excellent opportunity for Coeur De Beaute to record a second career victory.

A winner over 5 1/2 furlongs on soft ground, at Chantilly in July, she posted a career best effort last time out when a three-length runner-up to Royal Ascot winner Sound and Silence in the Group Three Prix Eclipse over course and distance last month. An added bonus is that Christophe Soumillon partners her for the first time.

4.25 Carlisle: Kap Jazz

I may still be a relative novice when it comes to handicapping British jump racing but one of the first rules I learnt was that Venetia Williams’ horses always have to be respected when the mud is flying.

Her stable had the winner of the long distance chase at Carlisle last week and Kap Jazz may be able to follow suit. He won here over 2m4f on his only other previous start at the track, in February, when he was returning from a four-month break, so the lack of a recent run here is not a concern.

6.15 Chelmsford: Communique

I was at Kempton Park the evening Communique made his debut when second behind a highly thought of Roger Charlton newcomer called Blue Mist and they looked to be a really good bunch in the paddock.

This well-made son of Casamento was very professional in the parade ring, but obviously when schooling at home he had stall issues as the handlers put the blindfold on him when he got down to the start and he was loaded first. However he didn’t appear to turn a hair and after a positive first race I would expect him to come on for that experience.

He breaks from stall 3 today, is a typical Mark Johnston pace horse and at Chelmsford pace makes the race.

Rachel Candelora’s Thursday selections:

12.10 Maisons-Laffitte: Carte Sur Table

1.50 Maisons-Laffitte: Coeur De Beaute

4.25 Carlisle: Kap Jazz at 11-2 with Betfair

6.15 Chelmsford: Communique at ageneral 9-2

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