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No blog yesterday as we all decided we wanted to have a look at these 2 meetings, we do love a couple of Group 1 races to get our teeth in to & with the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh & the Prix Maurice De Gheest, we have a couple of very nice races, along with a couple more Group & Listed races on both cards…..
Curragh – Good, Good to Yielding in places…
Deauville – Good
Windsor – Good, Good to Soft in places
1.30 EBF Restricted Novice Stakes
Nasim went into the notebook after an eye catching debut at Sandown in June. The son of Galileo Gold finished 6th but met a fair amount of trouble in running and wasn’t given a hard time. Andrew Balding continues to fire in the winners and he makes plenty of each-way appeal at the current prices upped to a mile here. 2nd
2.20 Longines Grosser Von Berlin
Walton Street has been progressive over the past year and notched a hat-trick including a pair of wins at Meydan over this trip. His 4th in the Sheema Classic behind Mishriff is solid form and a reproduction of that effort gives him leading claims today. His record fresh is a positive and Charlie Appleby can do little wrong at the this season. Godolphin have won this 4 times previously and this appears to have been the plan since the Spring. 3rd
2.50 Prix Maurice de Gheest
Glen Shiel has rewarded followers of the blog on his past 2 efforts at Ascot at decent prices and he once again flies under the radar here. Connections will have been pleased to see the rain falling heavily at Deauville yesterday as the softer ground brings him right into it on his Group 1 win last Autumn. At the current double-figure price he makes serious each-way appeal with Hollie Doyle also continuing the partnership. Unplaced
2:50 – Prix Maurice de Gheest (G1) – Selection: Glen Shiel
The second Group 1 contest of Deauville’s big month of racing features what many are calling a match race between Commenwealth Cup & July Cup winners Campanelle & Starman. They are undoubtedly the class acts in this field but with the ground being described as ‘very soft’ I am going to give Glen Shiel a chance. This is very much optimal ground conditions for Glen Shiel, as we famously seen at Ascot on Champions Day last October. His last couple of runs have been very good, especially a close second in the Diamond Jubilee (soft ground) and sixth in the July Cup on good to firm ground, which I thought was a cracking run on unsuitable enough ground. He was only beaten 2 1/4 lengths by Starman at Newmarket and with the ground very much in Glen Shiel’s favour, he could well turn the tables today. Unplaced
3:05 – Rathasker Stud Pheonix Sprint Stakes (G3) – Selection: Light Refrain
A tricky and competitive Group 3 for the punters to solve. Recent York Group 3 victor Light Refrain, receiving the 3yo weight allowance holds major claims today. It was a career best from HM The Queen’s horse at York last time out when defeating Vadream comfortably. Light Refrain’s other standout performance came at Haydock in the Sandy Lane when he was beaten just a length by Rohaan & Dragon Symbol, who and it’s fair to say, haven’t done the form any harm since. The ground is fine and with Ryan Moore doing the steering Light Refrain shouldn’t be far away. It is also worth pointing out that with only 9 races under his belt, Light Refrain is a lot less exposed than several of his rivals today and has more improvement in him. Gustavas Weston & Romantic Proposal are the main dangers. Unplaced
4:10 – Keeneland Pheonix Stakes (G1) – Selection: Dr Zempf
This looks as good a Juvenile race you’ll see all season in Europe as many contenders have emerged from June’s Railway Stakes. It was a top class edition of the race and the victor Go Bears Go is the one they all have to beat. However at the prices Dr Zempf makes plenty of appeal. The son of Dark Angel got checked at a crucial stage in the Railway over C+D but recovered and stayed on nicely to be fourth, with a clear run I believe he wouldn’t have been far behind Go Bears Go. With the promise of more to come from Dr Zempf, representing the powerful combination of Lyons & Keane, he looks set for a big run today. Castle Star is a big danger having finished second in the Railway Stakes. 2nd
1.25 – Maiden – 2yo Only – 7f….
Cowboy Justice – Lope de Vega X Starflower colt.
Made debut over 6f at this course in June, finishing a 3 & 3/4 length runner up to Beauty Inspired, who has since won the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes. Up in trip. WINNER
4.10 Phoenix Stakes – Group 1 – 2yo Only – 6f..…
Castle Star – Starspangledbanner X Awohaam colt.
2 wins from 5 starts, including a 5f course Listed win by 1 & 3/4 lengths on May 3rd, that was on his 3rd start. His previous 2 starts had finished in 2nd place finishes.
He landed the 6f Group 3 Marble Hills Stakes by 2 lengths from Masseto on May 22nd before stepping up to Group 1 level over C&D in the Railway Stakes. He finished 2nd to Go Bears Go by 1 & 1/4 lengths, who is also in the field today. He can reverse the form… 4th(Some bookies) OR Unplaced!
2.50 Prix De Maurice De Gheest Stakes – Group 1 – 3yo Plus – 6f 101yds…
Campanelle – Kodiac X Janina 3yo filly.
Winner of the 2020 Group 1 Prix Morny over C&D last August by 2 lengths from Nando Parrado, having won the Group 2 6f Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot.
Finished 4th in the Breeders Cup Juvenile fillies’ Over 1m in November before having 224 days off.
Returned at Royal Ascot in the Group 1 6f Commonwealth Cup & had the humdinger of a battle with Dragon Symbol, with the latter being disqualified in the stewards room (Places reversed) Unplaced
DANGER – Starman – Dutch Art X Northern Star 4yo colt.
2 wins from 2 starts in 2021 having been 3 wins from 4 starts in 2020. First trip outside of England. Winner of the 6f Group 2 Duke of York Stakes by a neck in May & beat Dragon Symbol by 1 & 1/4 lengths in the Group 1 6f July Cup at Newmarket on July 10th. Top Rated 119.
4.00 De Reux Stakes – Group 3 – 3yo Plus – 1m 4f 94yds…
Alter Adler – Alderflug X Artemisa 3yo colt.
3 runner up spots & 2 wins from 5 runs in 2021.
Won his maiden on his 3rd start over 1m 4f at Chantilly on May 17th, with his 2 other previous maiden starts over the distance ending with 2 runner up spots.
Won the 1m 4f Areu Stakes at Saint-Cloud by a neck on June 8th & then on July 11th, finished 2nd by 1 & 1/4 lengths in the Group 1 German Derby over 1m 4f…. 2nd
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