We were looking extra good in the V75 extra on Boxing Day when our first three first choices got up for wins, including as expected Maharajah's demolition of the Gold Division final.
And then, well, Mellby Viking's untimely break within throwing distance of the line, and when just about to take the lead kind of summed it up. A missed chance after a promising start. In the end we got four, which has a silver lining - today is a chance to go for the jackpot.
There are two races of interest at Vincennes too, tonight so we have covered them as well.
V75-1 Lindahls Mares 1640m: Hanna Banker (9) was a fast finishing second in the last V75 race, coming off picket fence form. Flemming Jensen's consistent Wink Spot (2) is an alternate 9 (2)
V75-2 Klass II 1640m: Sugar Neo (10) and Heart Jack (11) were both good winners last time out while's Persos Amarula (4) and Nice Leg (7) are others to be included. 10-11-4-7
V75-3 Klass I 2140m: H.R.Arn (3) and Cloud Connected (2) have both the form and the draw to fight this out. 3 (2)
V75-4 Under 550K SEK 2140m: The very talented Lovelock (2) is a former TravDerby contender who is back after a year out and looks well matched here and is my anchor. 2 (10)
V75-5 Mares race 2140: Amina Hornline (5) has four wins in a row including a win in the V75 last time of asking. An anchor 5
V75-6 Bronze Division 2640m: Proven stayers Rooibos (7) and Baretta Boko (3) along with Blixtodunder (6), Kazire de Bob (10) and Gigant Sanna (1) look likely to figure in this race. 7-3-6-10-1
V75-7 Silverdivision 2140m: Nougat Ã…s (3) looks like the one they have to beat while Ander Svanstedt's Burning Line Gral (2) has a nice draw and the tough Ã–rbÃ¤ckens Cruella (4) should be included. 3-2-4
Race 3: 105,000e Prix Yvonnix Bodin (Group 3): Rubis Dairpet (15) is the form horse and the early favourite for the race while Rapide du Digeon (14) had his measure last start. But Torre Crepin (11) is an improver and my pick..
Race 4: 100,000e Prix de Bar-Le-Duc (Group 3): The De Chine (6) is the favoured runner in an even field for the Quinte feature. But I like Septuor (11) in the hands ofto prevail here.
Race 5: Hanna Banker (9)
Race 6: Sugar Neo (10)
Race 7: H.R.Arn (3)
Race 8: Lovelock (2)
Race 9: Amina Hornline (5)
Race 10: Baretta Boko (3)
Race 11: Burning Line Gral (2)
Race 3: Torre Crepin (11).
Race 4: Septuor (11).