Traditional quinté of the winter meeting of Pau, the Auguste de Castelbajac Prize will pit sixteen steeplechase chasers ages 5 and above. Doubly represented, Mickael Mescam would not surprise by shining in this lot. He will be able to count on CALINIGHT and PINACLOUDDOWN.
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9 CALINIGHT (photo): In nine outings in Pau, this 7-year-old gelding has signed six podiums, including three victories. Second in this race last year, he seems able to do as well, if not better this year. He will have our preference.
10 PINACLOUDDOWN : He approaches this competition in full possession of his means. He won the steeplechase in Pau last month and has just finished 2nd, still on this track. Beware of his return to disabilities.
4 CHILD YOU : After making a claiming race his own, in October, at Auteuil, he joined Sophie Leech’s team for which he took 2nd place in the Prix Jean Laumain handicap. Winner of his only outing in Pau, he deserves credit.
3 FRET D’ESTRUVAL : His last four outings have resulted in as many podiums. He has also just finished 2nd in a handicap on December 15 on this 4,000-meter course. What earn him logical supporters in this lot.
7 WARRIORS : He was still going freely at the time of his fall in the Prix Jean Lanta, at the end of December on this ring of Bearn. Already victorious over the obstacles in Pau, and in no way disturbed by the state of the ground, he will be resumed in confidence.
5 QEENIE’S CASH : The four successes which appear on his prize list have all been recorded at this racecourse in Pau. She also won easily at the end of December on this steeplechase in Pau. For her return to disabilities, she should repeat.
12 FOUDRE D’AINAY : With only seven outings on the clock, she is one of the least experienced in the race. Recent 2nd of the previous one, on December 29th on this track, it cannot be underestimated. Mistrust, mistrust.
6 FAIR PLAY SIVOLA : She has just signed two places in 4th on this track in Pau, the latest having been obtained on the steeplechase. Here, for her return to handicaps, she seems able to scramble the waters.
In the event of a non-runner: The 1 GROUND FIRE