Andy Holding has two tips for today's racing at Deauville.
Some of these early maidens have been very informative, producing some useful performances, and there are several in here that could easily put a marker down based on their previous exploits.
The first name out of the hat is FURTHER MEASURE (best price 9-2) as he really caught the eye on his debut at Chantilly back in March. Last and with a wall of horses in front of him with two to run, the son of English Channel picked up really takingly once out in the clear and although he ended up finishing just outside the frame, he left the distinct impression he was the one to take out of the race going forward. Although he shaped like he could do with further at a future date, today’s mile should prove ideal for starters and despite his tricky wide draw, he still makes loads of appeal.
Talap is the most experienced in the field having raced five times for Roger Varian in the UK and he’s entitled to respect now in the care of powerful French connections. Whether he has the potential of some of these, however, is a moot point so maybe a watching brief is the best option on this occasion.
The form of Safran’s runner-up spot at Deauville on his latest outing took a knock when his conqueror Tibasti could only finish eighth of 10 runners at Longchamp last week, so it’s hard to be massively confident about his chances. Others to make some sort of appeal are Amour En Poeme, Civil Law and First Sight, who all showed a decent amount of ability last season and Roble, who arrives here with fitness on his side courtesy of a promising beginning in a fair maiden at Saint-Cloud last week.
A typically trappy-looking French handicap with several different permutations, but there’s a fair chance BANOUSH (best price 8-1) won’t be too far away if his run at Saint-Cloud the other day is a decent guide. A winner of a claimer at Chantilly back in February, the son of Mizzen Mast was back in handicap company nine days ago and although he finished just outside of the money, he left the impression he would have gone very close to claiming the top prize had he received a smoother passage. Locked up with nowhere to go a furlong out, the five-year-old never saw any daylight until it was too late, but he went through the line strongest of all, much to the exasperation of his supporters. Now racing for a new yard and with fitness on his side, odds around the 8-1 mark look pretty appealing – especially with some firms offering four places.
Of the main dangers towards the front end of the market, Heir To A Throne will have his supporters based on his overall consistent profile. It’s also worth noting that the seven-year-old comes to hand early and his latest effort when third at Chantilly very much suggests he’s already in the groove.
Chill Wind and Jeitoso Bayer have to be considered as major contenders as they both arrives here following last-time-out wins. Of the pair the latter probably makes more appeal as the former has yet to show he really enjoys today’s track – as his form figures here of 4005000.