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The Tote Ten To Follow is back and this year we’re going global, with races from around the world included in the points scoring.

As well as the top horses from the UK and Ireland, you can pick from a selection of French-trained horses to lead your stable to success.

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe may be the only French bonus race in the game, but with 25 Group 1s hosted across the Channel in the game period there are plenty of points to be won.

We’ve picked out five of the best worth considering for your Ten To Follow stable.

In Swoop

Only four of the first nine in last year’s Arc remain in training this year, and with Stradivarius likely to stick to the staying path in 2021, it’s looking a bit barren for the older horses at the moment.

With that in mind, it might be worth giving the runner-up a spot in your 10. His trainer, Francis-Henri Graffard, reported that the colt remained in the yard throughout the summer and has done well. On seasonal return he gave weight to an Andre Fabre horse who seems to have improved heaps over the winter, so being beaten less than a length doesn’t preclude him from going well this term.

Expect him to be contesting the top middle distance races at home this year, like the Grand Prix de Saint Cloud before returning to ParisLongchamp for another crack at the Arc.

In Swoop

Raabihah

Jean Claude Rouget’s filly had a habit of leaving things a bit late last term, but still showed she is incredibly talented. She came home strongly to finish a close fourth in the French Oaks, before making light work of a Deauville Group 3 last term.

Then, she flashed home to finish a never nearer second to subsequent Breeders Cup Turf winner Tarnawa in the Prix Vermeille. It was a similar story in the Arc, as she seemed to be ridden to get the trip back at Longchamp, coming from a long way back to finish fifth.

Perhaps with another winter on her back, the daughter of Sea The Stars will return a stronger filly and one that can travel a bit closer to the pace before unleashing her closing turn of foot. Fillies races like the Prix Romanet and Prix Vermeille will likely be on her agenda again before the Arc.

Valia

Throughout last summer, Call The Wind looked to have marked himself out as France’s leading stayer, but in Alain Royer-Dupre’s mare, he might have some competition this time around.

Mostly campaigned at middle distances in 2020, she ended the campaign upped to 1m7f with two cracking runs which look likely to help plot her 2021 season. She finished very strongly to take the Group 2 Prix Chaudenay on Arc weekend with ease, before chasing home Subjectivist in the Prix Royal Oak afterwards. That form looks pretty smart with Mark Johnston’s horse subsequently taking the Dubai Gold Cup in commanding fashion.

Most of the top staying contests in France are at Group 2 and 3 level, but with a lack of depth, it would be no surprise to see the filly pick up three wins to warrant a spot in your 10.

Valia

Makaloun

Another sporting the green of the Aga Khan worth considering is Makaloun. A winner of his first four career starts, he would have picked up in excess of 60 points if his victories had counted in 2020.

That run came to an end in the Group 1 Criterium de Saint Cloud. His performance can be marked up somewhat considering he took multiple bumps as he looked to unleash his challenge in the straight. When getting clear air he finished off well to take third in the dying strides, in front of Aidan O’Brien’s Derby dark horse Bolshoi Ballet.

He could be a French Guineas and Derby horse this season, and may even stretch to the Arc trip later on in the campaign.

Erasmo

Andre Fabre’s colt has already had one run this season, and while he was a beaten favourite in fifth, reports are that connections were happy enough with the run. What it seemed to confirm for them was that the son of Oasis Dream wants to be racing over 7f and a mile this season.

That opens plenty of point scoring opportunities with the likes of the French Guineas, Prix Jean Prat, Jacques Le Marois, Prix Moulin and Prix de la Foret all boasting Group 1 status.

A winner on both good and heavy ground, he looks to be able to cope with a range of conditions and as a half-brother to Group 1 winner Reckless Abandon, he’s bred to be pacy.

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