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The final ‘Super Sunday’ of the Deauville August Festival is here and what a way to finish off a great month of racing. There are 11 races across the afternoon, with the €200,000 Group Two Lucien Barriere Grand Prix De Deauville the feature on the card – it is here we find my NAP of the day.
There have been a few big priced winners of the feature races in recent weeks, but I reckon this week we will see normal service resumed and the NAP should get the job done. There are some big-fields to get stuck into and there is plenty of value to be had across the card.
Trainer Francis-Henri Graffard has been having a relatively quiet season this year and hasn’t sent out a winner since August 2. Despite this, I reckon that BOIS D’ARGENT can give the Chantilly trainer a much needed big race success.
The four-year-old has been in my tracker since a fine winning debut at Chantilly in May 2020. Since then the son of Toronado has been relatively lightly-raced and in six runs, he has never been out of the first three.
The gelding was only beaten a length by a the promising Dilawar over course and distance last time out and he has been found an excellent opportunity by Graffard to get back to winning ways this weekend. Although he has top-weight in this contest, talented apprentice Simon Planque’s claim negates that weight burden, and this is a much weaker contest.
NATIONAL SERVICE is a horse I have always loved and, as any follower of this column will be aware, I often put up horses trained by the Chantilly-based/Irish-born trainer Gavin Hernon. The huge four-year-old would not look out of place at Cheltenham and that this Autumn, as he continues to strengthen and fill that enormous frame, we could see National Service at his very best.
Even though he has a few pounds to find on ratings, he has his ideal conditions this weekend over the straight mile, and he looks the stand-out value bet for me. After a brief spell with Frederic Rossi, National Service will be having his first run since his return to the Hernon yard here and considering that he won a Group Three on only his third career start for Hernon, the return must be taken as a huge positive.
Quite a small field this year with only five going to post for this Group Two and I believe the risk of a slowly run race is the only thing that could get in the way of GLYCON taking the Grand Prix de Deauville.
Jean-Claude Rouget’s gelding seemed to relish the step up in trip last time out and beat horses including Star Safari and Mogul when taking a Group Three over course and distance last time out. In the aftermath of that taking performance jockey Cristain Demuro said that Glycon is getting more professional with racing, is settling better and still remains on an upward curve.
Held up throughout the race that day, Glycon stayed on powerfully and provided there is a decent pace, he really should have no problem adding to that this weekend and is a stayer to follow. He is clear on the figures and Rouget has sent 12 winners already this week.
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