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Preview: Cagnes-sur-Mer

09 January 2022

Cagnes-sur-Mer will host their biggest day of jumping action on Sunday 9 January, featuring the G3 Grand Prix de La Ville de Nice – Bernard Secly Chase (4600m), the Listed Grand Steeplechase des 4 Ans (3800m), the Listed Grand Course de Haies des 4 Ans Hurdle (3500m) and the Listed Grand Course de Haies de Cagnes Hurdle (4300m). The valuable card always attracts runners from all over France and spectators will be able to enjoy top-quality racing against the backdrop of the Cote d’Azur.  

G3 Grand Prix de La Ville de Nice – Bernard Secly Chase (4600m)

The G3 Grand Prix de La Ville de Nice – Bernard Secly Chase (4600m) is always competitive and the 2022 renewal looks to be no different. Grand Depart was a comfortable twenty length winner of the Listed Prix du Comte de Nice (4200m) on Christmas Day and will be looking to uphold the same level of form. Achour returns to Black Type company after a handicap win at this track in December. He placed in the aforementioned Listed prep in 2020 and has been lightly campaigned since. Both Le Mans and Berjou hold entries in the Listed Grand Course de Haies de Cagnes Hurdle (4300m) in addition to this race at time of writing. The pair are effective at this level and have strong form at the venue. Furie d’Ainay is an interesting outsider. He placed among Listed company at Clairefontaine in August and could feature if bouncing back from two falls. 

Listed Grand Steeplechase des 4 Ans (3800m)  

There are some exciting young chasers entered for the Listed Grand Steeplechase des 4 Ans (3800m) including Iceo Madrik, the comfortable winner of a Class One conditions event in mid-December. He had the re-opposing Paint Prince and Imperium behind him, and he may prove difficult to beat in conditions which suit. It is likely the trio will fight it out for top honours again. Idylle Fleurie struggled with jumping errors in recent months but her second in a Class One conditions contest at this venue in early December suggests she could play a role. Imagine Clermont won three consecutive claimers at this track and could be interesting stepping up in class.  

Listed Grand Course de Haies de Cagnes Hurdle (4300m)  

There are plenty of runners in the Listed Grand Course de Haies de Cagnes Hurdle (4300m) looking to make the transition into Listed company after some credible efforts in handicaps. Le Mans returns to a Black Type after two strong runs at this venue, winning both a Class One conditions race and a top-level handicap over 4000m. Although he has fallen short at Listed level in recent months, these conditions seem to suit, and an improved performance is anticipated. Berjou has been predominately racing in Listed and Group Three races over the last few months and his third in the Listed Prix de Besancon (3800m) at Compiegne puts him firmly in the mix. Both runners hold double-entries on the card. Monty Saga was a winner of a top-grade handicap hurdle at this course in mid-December and could find a place. Bric and Cookilayone have similar handicapping profiles and can feature.     

Listed Grand Course de Haies des 4 Ans Hurdle (3500m)  

Trainers Yannick Fouin, David Satalia and David Cottin have multiple entries in the four-year-old Listed hurdle contest. Norville and Vae Patron finished first and second respectively in a Class One conditions event over course and distance as a preparation for this race. The pair will be looking to make a successful step into Black Type company with proven form in these conditions. Miss Himalaya is an interesting prospect with only two runs over hurdles. She has placed on both occasions, including a second tackling 3300m at this venue in a Class Two conditions race. Another potential candidate for a placing is the David Satalia trained Imagine Clermont, tackling tougher competition after three consecutive victories in claimers.  

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