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Charlie hails from Glasgow, while Rich is from the Ilse of Wight. Miles apart but united by the sport of kings…..
A quick recap of yesterdays thoughts before we get in to the racing from France, which includes a fantastic field for the Group 1 at 2.50…
Charlie – Alignak – Unplaced, Gas Monkey – 2nd & Believe in Love – Winner
Rich- Sottsass 2nd – Althiqa – 2nd…..
The going at Deauville is….. Heavy!
1.35 Prix Francois Boutin – Group 2 – 2yo Only – 7f…
Tiger Tanka – Codovil x Miss Phillyjinks 2yo Filly.
Winner of 3 claimers from 6f to 7f &1/2f. Stepped up to 1m & landed a stake races at Marseille-borely by 2 & 1/2 lengths and finished 3rd by 1/2 a length in the 6f Prix Robert Papin, won by Ventura Tormenta & The Lir Jet in 2nd….
2.50 Prix du Haras de Fresney-le-Buffarol-Jacques le marois – Group 1 3yo Plus – 1m……
This is a fantastic field, with a pair of 120 Top rated runners, 3yo Palace Pier – Kingman x Beach Frolic colt & Circus Maximus – Galileo x Duntle 4yo colt alongside (118) Romanised – Holy Roman Emperor x Romantic Venture 5yo colt, (117) Alpine Star – Sea the Moon x Alpha Lupi 3yo filly, who are taking on French Group 1 winner 9115) Persian King – Kingman x Pretty Please 4yo colt, Group 3 winner Pretreville – Acclamation x Pegase Hurry 5yo colt & Listed winner Restiany – Frankel x Restiadourgent 3yo colt.
4 of them carry top weight of 9s 4lbs, Circus Maximus, Romanised, Persian King & Pretreville, while Palace Pier & Restiany carry 8s 12lbs due to 3yo allowance & Alpine Star runs with just 8s 9lb on her back with filly & age allowance….
Last time out winners –
Palace Pier is the only unbeaten runner in the field with a perfect 4 from 4, including 2 wins at 1m, which included the 1m Group 1 St James’ Palace Stakes at Ascot on June 20th by 1 length from Pinatubo, who has since won the 7f Group 1 Prix Jean Prat.
Persian King won the 1m 1f Group 1 Prix D’Ispahan by 2 lengths from Stormy Antarctic on July 19th at Chantilly & now drops back a furlong..
Romanised won this race last season and won on season return in a 7f Group 2 at the Curragh by 1 & 3/4 lengths from Lancaster House on July 18th.
Restiany landed a 1m Listed Stakes at Saint-Cloud on June 28th by 1 & 1/2 lengths from Twist & Steps up in Class.
Runners up Last Time…..
Alpine Star was beaten over 1m 2f in the Group 1 Fillies’ Prix De Diane on July 5th at Chantilly by Fancy Blue, who has since landed the Nassau Fillies’ Stakes at Goodwood with 4th placed Raabihah winning a Deauville Group 3… Form Franked!
Circus Maximus was beaten by 3/4’s of a length by Mohaather on July 29th in the 1m Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, having won the Queen Anne 1m Group 1 at Ascot in June.
Pretreville was a 1 & 1/2 lengths 2nd to Persian King on June 28th in the Saint-Cloud Group 2 Prix Du Muget….
Winners over 1m…
Palace Pier 2 from 2
Romanised 2 from 8
Alpine Star 1 from 1
Persian King 6 from 8
Circus Maximus 4 from 9
Pretreville 7 from 9
Restiany 2 from 3
Winners on Heavy Ground….
Persian King & Circus Maximus are both heavy ground winners, while Alpine Star & Romanised have both won on Yielding ground. Pretreville has placed on heavy ground with the rest of the field untried on the ground, having done their racing on Good, Good to Soft or Good to Firm ground…..
I think that both Pretreville &Restiany are both likely to be out classed in this field, with Romanised & Circus Maximus both too inconsistent, so that leaves Alpine Star, who will stay 1m 2f and this is only a mile and carrying the lest weight but is against the boys. Palace Pier is untried on the ground but runs hard to the line so I think the ground will be fine for him as well as Persian King and these 3 will fight out the finish.
3.25 Prix Nureyev – Listed Stakes – 3yo Only- 1m 2f…
Vardani – Charm Spirit x Visorama colt.
Has 2 wins from2 starts and landed a 1m 1 & 1/2f Stakes at Chateaubriant on July 9th by 2 lengths and is likely to go off as Favourite….
Now We Know – Kendargent x Now Forever gelding.
Winner of 2 races from 3 starts this term and won a 1m 2f stakes race at Lion D’angers by 2 lengths on July 16th.
Dawn Intello – Intello x Gadalka colt.
Drops from Group 1 company having finished 4th by 3 lengths in the Prix Du Jockey Club, won by Mishreff, who won again yesterday.
But I prefer Quos – Dubawi x Treve colt.
Finished 5th on debut over 1m 2f in a Chantilly maiden on June 19th before winning on second start at the same course in a 1m 2f stakes race on July 17th by a short head…..
4.00 Prix Minerve – Fillies’ Group 3 – 3yo Only – 1m 4f 96yds…
4 UK & Irish raiders in this 9 runner field with Laburnum- Galileo x Secret Garden (A. O’Brien), Oriental Mystique – Kingman x Madame Chiang (D. Simcock), Born with Price – Born to Sea x Jumooh ( W. Haggas) & Wonderful Tonight – Le Havre x Salvation (D. Menuisier) take on Hideka – Deep Impact x Royalmania, who was 4th by 3/4’s of a length to Qous (See race above) on season return (July 17th) and now steps up an extra 2 furlongs, while Valia – Sea the Stars x Veda has 2 wins from 2 starts over this distance & landed a Longchamp Listed stakes on July 23rd by 2 & 1/2 lengths from Wonderful Tonight, who along with Laburnham, the Irish Oaks 4th & landed a listed 1m 1 & 1/2f race at Gowran on August 12th are the most likely challengers….
Valia wins for me….
That is everything for you today folks… Thanks for popping by and for your support, it means a lot to us….
Remember to keep stakes small or just watch the fantastic racing on TV….
All the Best – Charlie & Rich