Master Dino looks Renaud du Vivier pick
08 November 2018
Following on from last month’s sensational weekend de l’obstacle, Auteuil racegoers will be treated to another spectacle on Sunday with the running of the G.1 Prix Renaud du Vivier, or four year-old champion hurdle, and it will take a special horse to improve on De Bon Coeur’s romp twelve month’s ago.
Once again, Guillaume Macaire appears to have the key here; he sends out his almost-inseparable pair of Master Dino and Tunis, whom he has had no choice but to pit against each other this season. The former has won the last three encounters, and even though bested by his stablemate in the G.1 Prix Alain du Breil, he still looks the superior horse.
Marlonne separated the pair in the G.3 Prix Pierre de Lassus three weeks ago and could well confirm, but the presence of the improving Tap Tap Boom will not make matters any easier.
Boy Royal has taken particularly well to his new vocation, unbeaten in two and latterly by a comfortable seven-lengths’ margin. Raffles Sun won a Compiègne G.3 early October and is another to keep an eye on. Mysterious Boy has not been seen for 14 months but it is worth bearing in mind that he ran a half-length second to Master Dino last time out, and should not be underestimated.
Previously trained in France, Paul Nicholls’ Malaya has caught the eye more than once across the Channel and returns to Auteuil with a respectable chance of upsetting the locals.
Picture: Master Dino
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