Horse Racing tips: 4 to score at Deauville on Sunday

Our man on the ground Jason Kiely spies some familiar faces on a top-notch card in France that's live on Sky Sports Racing.

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This Sunday’s cracking card at Deauville plays host to not only the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest, but also NINE supporting races and over €700,000 in prize-money. Aiden O’Brien has been having a tremendous time in ‘La France’ this season, which is great news for my NAP of the day. With so many runners across this excellent card it makes it difficult to narrow down to just a few, but Sunday’s selections all hold excellent claims, and they should all be decent prices too.

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12:23 Palpitator (NB)

Young Chantilly-based trainer Flavie Bresson is still searching for her first winner since taking over the training licence from her dad Christian, but stable stalwart PALPITATOR could be the one to get her off the mark. Formerly a listed winner for Bresson Snr, Palpitator is streets clear of his rivals on the figures but has been woefully out of sorts recently.

Pitched in against much inferior animals at a track he loves, I think that the seven-year-old can his head back in front for a much-deserved success. A horse that excels over extreme distances, Palpitator should have every chance at making his stamina count as this race is confined to female amateur riders and they tend to go very fast early on in these type of contests. Lara Le Geay gets the leg-up is one of the strongest women riders in the French weigh-room.

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14:15 Haliphon (E/W)

Benefiting from both a drop in distance and handicap mark to win on his latest start, the Francis Graffard-trained HALIPHON shouldn’t be too far away in this valuable handicap. Haliphon got the better of the well-backed Shut Down in that win at Compiegne and the pair drew a long way clear of their rivals. Back down an extra 200m again here, the strong-travelling four-year-old can continue a recent purple patch for Graffard and should finish in the money, even if he has a 3kg penalty for that success.

14:50 Law Of Indices

Its hard to label LAW OF INDICES a dark horse considering that he won the Group One Prix Jean Prat last time out, but the strength of the field for this Sunday’s Prix Maurice de Gheest means that Ken Condon’s charge has become one of the forgotten horses of the race. Drawn stand-side in stall one, it is highly likely that Law Of Indices will tow the field along and should feel perfectly at home over the 1,300m trip. He was challenged from all angles in the Jean Prat and proved that he can hold his own in a battle and at the prices, really shouldn’t be underestimated for a trainer that does so well in these big races at Deauville.

16:00 Mogul (NAP)

Aiden O’Brien’s dual Group One winner MOGUL has had his sights lowered this weekend and should take all the beating in the Group Three Prix De Reux. Supplemented for this race, the four-year-old is having his first run at Group Three level since winning at Goodwood in July 2020, but comes here on the back of three heavy defeats in Group One company.

He is seven pounds clear of Star Safari on official rating (who has to also concede 1kg to Mogul) and has a superb record in France. I think a return to form can be expected from Mogul as he steps up to 2,500m for the first time and the colt should get the better of this lot, with jockey Ioritz Mendizabal doing the steering.

Sunday’s French racing tips

12:23 Palpitator (NB)
14:15 Haliphon (E/W)
14:50 Law Of Indices 
16:00 Mogul (NAP)

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