Fabrice Chappet runs two horses on debut in this one-mile maiden with Wind Spirit looking his best chance under jockey Tony Piccone. The son of Charm Spirit was a breeze-up purchase at the Arqana sales last year and any market move would be encouraging. The form of the Jean-Claude Rouget stable took a positive turn over the past few days with several winners and he runs EDGE OF VICTORY.
The son of Kingman is a home-bred from the White Birch Farm and beautifully bred out of Group 1 winner Beauty Parlour, that’s why he gets the verdict. Lackeen is another home-bred by Shamardal, trained by Andre Fabre for Godolphin with Mickael Barzalona in the saddle. Pascal Bary has only raced twelve horses since racing returned with three-winners and his Kenyx cannot be ruled out.
The fillies maiden over the one-mile trip looks a more competitive contest than the opening race on the card for the colts and geldings. Pascal Bary runs the Juddmonte-owned filly Cubit, a daughter of Bated Breath with Christophe Soumillon booked to ride. Right Hand is another lively contender for trainer Carlos Laffon Parias, with jockey Maxime Guyon in the saddle for the Wertheimer brothers.
Queen of Love, Samaher, Ladybug and April Fools are others who could run well on debut and challenge for victory. HYPERBOLIQUE is our tentative selection for Pierre-Charles Boudot and trainer Francis Graffard. The stable landed a gamble under a cracking ride from Boudot with Bois D’argent at Chantilly last Monday and any market support is worth serious consideration.
The daughter of Dabirsim was a €95,000 yearling purchase at the December Arqana sales in 2017 and is related to two previous UK winners, Rockinante and Traveller. Graffard and Boubot have an exceptional 50% winning strike-rate when combining this year (2020), with 14-winners from 28-runners together.
The feature Prix de Barbeville takes place at Deauville from Longchamp with a small field of five declared runners for the Group 3 staying contest. The George Strawbridge-owned CALL THE WIND is one of the leading contenders following his victory on the undercard to the Saudi Cup in Riyadh back in February.
The six-year-old managed to beat the likes of Cross Counter, Prince Of Arran, Mekong, True Self and Twilight Payment under jockey Olivier Peslier, who once again takes the ride this Sunday. The main danger comes from his old-rival Holdthasigreen, with the two-horses fighting out the finish to the last two renewals of the Group 1 Prix due Cadran.
Despite our selection finishing in the places more often than getting his head in-front, he gets weight from his rival today and should take this under a forward ride from Peslier. Holdthasigreen has not been seen since finishing third in the Prix Royal-Oak last October behind Techician and might have to settle for second in this continuing battle between these two chestnuts.
It’s not been the best of returns to racing in France for trainer Andre Fabre with just three winners from 41-runners since May 11th. Bring On The Night is his runner in this extended 12-furlong conditions race with Pierre-Charles Boudot once again in the saddle following victory at Compiegne in March.
However, it might be wise to side against the Fabre runner at the prices and look towards another son of Glenegales, L’AIGLE. Four horses have managed to come out and secure victories from his maiden success at Compiegne last October and he should challenge here following his comeback run earlier this month.
The Stephanie Niggle-trained runner raced in a better conditions event at Saint-Cloud and it is encouraging that jockey Mickael Barzalona remains in the saddle. The three-year-old went off 50/1 and only finished five-lengths behind the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained winner, Port Guillaume – he steps up in trip here today and could represent some value against the Fabre trained favourite.
A small field of five runners for this conditions contest with the closing race on the card decided over an extended nine-furlong trip. Jean-Claude Rouget’s horses are bang in form following several winners on Friday and Saturday and he runs two horses here, including the Sheikh Hamdan-owned TAWKEEL.
Cristian Demuro has decided to ride the unbeaten Tawkeel over previous Deauville winner La Norma. The son of Teofilo was impressive under a hands and heels ride by Demuro when dominating from the front at Cagnes in February. He could progress into a future group winner and is taken to see off Wangari who showed an excellent turn of foot when winning here last November.
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* All odds correct at time of posting and are subject to change.