LYON TIPS: All the best bets for Friday’s 10-card meeting as Skyward seeks to maintain unbeaten record in the Prix Bedel
- With Britain on sporting shutdown, French racing continues to bridge the gap
- Fabrice Chappet’s Skyward out to make it four wins from four starts on Friday
- Rain which fell at the Rhone-Alpes venue this week can help Step By Step
The welcome news that British racing is set for a power-packed return to action next month provides plenty to look forward to for the sport’s enthusiasts.
Until that point, French racing, shown live on Sky Sports, continues to bridge the gap with Lyon staging a competitive 10-race card on Friday.
The fixture lacks the quality of Longchamp, Saint-Cloud and Chantilly from earlier in the week, but the Listed Prix Bedel offers the opportunity to assess the progress SKYWARD (1.58) has made from two to three-years-old.
French racing continues to bridge the gap until racing in Britain returns next month
Trainer Fabrice Chappet has recently been among the winners and his unbeaten son of Camelot did well to retain his perfect record when finishing powerfully from an uncompromising position at Saint-Cloud last September.
Skyward packed a three-race education into a two-month window last term and there should be further improvement to come as he still appeared green when tackling Deauville’s all-weather surface on his second start.
Earlier on the card, the Class One Prix Des Poulains Et Pouliches provides a good stepping stone for middle distance three-year-olds.
Both STEP BY STEP (12.15) and Lootah boast solid course form with the last named requiring all of the Lyon straight to master Gold Kafe over 10 furlongs on his final start as a two-year-old.
In contrast, the Yann Barberot-trained Step By Step didn’t possess the natural speed to cope with Jo Pickett on his latest start, but the 20ml of rain which fell at the Rhone-Alpes venue this week should play to the strengths of a horse which ploughed through heavy ground to score in gritty fashion at Fontainebleau in early March.