Timeform's French SmartPlays: Thursday 28 May

Racing in France
Timeform pick out three bets in France on Thursday

Timeform select the three best bets at Clairefontaine on Thursday...

"...operating at a good level at the minute and should make a bold show."

Timeform on Stunning Spirit

Nat King - 11:10 Clairefontaine

Nat King has continued to improve since his debut win, finishing third in a hotly-contested minor event at Deauville in March before giving a decent showing when fifth in the Prix La Force at Longchamp - a race that has featured the subsequent Prix du Jockey Club winner in each of the last two seasons - earlier this month. This looks an easier assignment and he can get the better of some exciting prospects, including undefeated pair Natural Path and Ziegfield, to regain the winning thread.

Kloster - 11:40 Clairefontaine

Unraced as a two-year-old, Kloster made his racecourse debut in a Longchamp listed event earlier this month, that in itself arguably saying a lot about the regard he is held in. He could only manage sixth on that occasion, but finished just over two lengths behind the winner, and this represents a much easier task. He is nicely bred, by Style Vendome, and out of a dam closely related to Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Koblenza, and with a run now under his belt, he ought to take plenty of stopping in his search for his maiden win. Vintern, Merci Pour Tout and Bengal Bay have all shown plenty to work with in their respective outings and look the main dangers.

Stunning Spirit - 12:10 Clairefontaine

Stunning Spirit proved he retains all his ability when winning a Group 2 at Doha in February before finishing a respectable sixth in a hotly-contested renewal of the Prix Bertrand du Breuil at Chantilly last time. He is operating at a good level at the minute and should make a bold show. Spinning Memories bounced back to form with victory in a Longchamp listed event last time and could give the selection the most to think about, while Freddie Head's three-year-old colt Devil is another to keep an eye on with a run now under his belt.

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