These three can bring glee at the French meeting.
With up to 5,000 spectators allowed onto French racecourses from this weekend onwards there is sure to an exciting atmosphere at the first of Deauville’s summer festival fixtures.
There is some great action to come across the card with plenty of Listed and graded contests topped off by the Group One Qatar Prix Jean Pratt. The 7-furlong race was won last season by John Gosden’s Too Darn Hot, and with overseas runners make up over half the field again this year, it’s sure to be a cracker!
I will be making the trip up to Deauville for this fantastic card and hopefully a few of these can hit the target and I reckon my each-way selection is particularly good value.
With four of her seven lifetime starts coming in Group One races the Francis-Henri Graffard-trained WATCH ME kickstarts her 2020 campaign in much calmer waters and looks a sure thing in this Listed race reserved to females.
The results of those four Group One efforts read 6143 (victory in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot ’19) and the filly gets in here with no penalty, which is an excellent advantage. Jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot knows the Olympic Glory filly well at this stage and should keep tactics simple over Sunday’s mile – Watch Me’s optimal trip.
A stone clear of her nearest rival in terms of ratings, it will come as a huge shock if Watch Me were to be beaten and this should prove an ideal stepping stone to bigger things throughout the second part of the season.
Yann Berberot has been well amongst the winners in recent weeks and the Deauville-based trainer looks to have found the perfect opportunity to get MY LOVES PASSION back on the scoresheet here.
The incredibly tough filly has not passed the post in front since her debut maiden win in April 2019, but has subsequently been placed an incredible five times from six runs in both group and Listed company.
In her most recent run My Loves Passion was stepped up to a mile for the first time in the French 1000 Guineas and although outclassed, she did run well to take sixth place.
I reckon Sunday’s drop back down to 7 furlongs, along with the drop back to a Listed race here should be enough to coax out that extra bit needed for a much deserved second victory. Christophe Soumillon gets back on board here and is sure to make plenty of use of the filly’s early speed.
If Pinatubo was not declared for this race, then WOODED would be without doubt my NAP of the day b
However, at these prices he is still a cracking each-way bet. A horse I have followed throughout his five-race career, Wooded is also trained by Francis-Henri Graffard and was incredibly impressive when taking a Group Three just under two months ago.
A non-runner at Royal Ascot due to the ground (which was probably a blessing in surprise as the Wotton Bassett colt comes here fresh) and he will encounter much better ground conditions this weekend than those at Ascot.
Although highly ground dependent, Wooded has all the talent in the world and really looked a more mature animal last time out, having filled out his huge frame beautifully.
The three-year-old should handle the 7-furlong trip perfectly and although he does not have the assistance of regular pilot Pierre-Charles Boudot, replacement jockey Christophe Soumillon should suit his running style perfectly. I will be terribly disappointed if Wooded is out of the picture here and he should claim a big prize before the end of the year.
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