Deauville stages the action in France on Sunday and Jean-Claude Rouget has proved the man to follow at the track in recent seasons, saddling 90 winners from 418 runners at the track since 2015 – giving him a more than respectable strike rate of 22%. He has saddled just the one winner at Deauville this year, however, a tally he will be looking to add to with his unraced son of Kingman Edge Of Victory in the opener at 12:25. EDGE OF VICTORY boasts an impressive pedigree as his dam, Beauty Parlour, won the French 1000 Guineas and was runner-up in the French Oaks in 2012, while she has already produced a Listed-race winner in the US.
Two trainers who have started with a bang this term are Andrea Marcialis and Francis-Henri Graffard, the former sending out five winners from 11 runners at this track, while the latter has a 50% strike rate with three wins from six runners. Both trainers have one runner on this card, with the Graffard stable is represented by HYPERBOLIQUE in newcomers’ maiden for fillies (13:00), while Marcialis saddling LADY WALLI in the mile handicap (13:35).
Christophe Soumillon leads the way at Deauville over the last five seasons, enjoying 124 winners from his 751 rides here, but Pierre-Charles Boudot and Cristian Demuro have experienced notable success at the course this year. Boudot and Demuro both rode a treble on Thursday’s card, taking their strike rate at the track this year to 32% and 30% respectively, and they have plenty of chances to add to their tallies here.Boudot has five rides on the card, with his most eye-catching mount BRING ON THE NIGHT (16:00).
Bring on The Night, trained by perennial champion Andre Fabre, made little impact on debut but looked an entirely different proposition on his second outing, running out a comfortable winner at Compiegne. This represents a step up in class, but he is a promising colt who remains open to plenty of improvement, and he looks the one to beat.
Demuro has six rides booked on Sunday, with his best chance coming aboard TAWKEEL, who is trained by Rouget, in the Prix de Lormoy, (17:10), the concluding race on the card. The unbeaten Tawkeel has had only two starts but she has already developed into an exciting three-year-old, backing up her debut win with a wide-margin success at Cagnes-Sur-Mer in February. She comes out well on top on Timeform ratings and should have the measure of her rivals as she bids for the hat-trick.
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* All odds correct at time of posting and are subject to change.