Andy Holding has three tips as well as some pointers for today's racing at Deauville.
A trappy and competitive-looking handicap, but there are several who have run up to a fair standard already this season, the pick of which are YOUMDOR (best price 5-1) and LORD WELLINGTON (best price 15-2) and they could be the two to take against the field.
The former caught the eye when coming from a long way back in a similar heat at Saint-Cloud on his seasonal debut and, on a day when it paid to be handy, the Youmzain gelding’s performance deserved marking up. Moreover, the form of the race in question took a huge boost when the seventh-placed horse, Terre De France, won with a bit to spare in midweek, and with today’s faster ground likely to suit this long-striding type more ideally, the consistent three-year-old makes a fair bit of appeal.
The latter has also been hitting the crossbar of late and his third straight runner-up spot at Chantilly recently brought further agony to his band of supporters. Appearing to do little wrong, the War Command colt just got picked off in the dying strides by the heavily-supported Bois D’Argent, but as the race at the Paris-based track looked an above-average maiden, there’s a decent chance he will hold his own on his first attempt in handicap company.
A cracking fillies’ listed contest for punters to get their teeth in to and for those who have a vested interest in Simeen for the French 1000 Guineas, they will be keeping an eye on how Golden Crown and Bionic Woman figure. Runner-up and fourth respectively behind Jean-Claude Rouget’s potentially high-class filly 18 days ago, both shaped with a degree of encouragement in their own right. The only negative aspect regarding their chances derives from the fact the race in question at the Oise venue was very slowly run, so we just don’t know how they will cope in a more likely stronger run event that this race threatens to be.
Chorba was well-backed to make a winning seasonal return at Longchamp 20 days ago, but she never got the chance to show what’s she’s worth and had to be considered slightly unlucky. Whether she would have won with a clearer run at the Paris-based track is open to question but she did more than enough to suggest she’s worth another try and she’s likely to prove popular again.
Honey Cake represents the form line surrounding French 1000 Guineas favourite Tropbeau and in finishing a respectable fifth to Andre Fabre’s filly on her first of the campaign, there was enough in that performance to give out positives signals for the future. Whether she has the scope and the kind of progress some of her rivals possess is opening to debate and for now, this task maybe a bridge too far.
One who has already proven her wellbeing this term is MISS EXTRA (best price 18-1) and she rates one of the more intriguing members of the party. Although it was only a handicap she captured on his first out for 141 days, the extremely competitive nature of the race at Longchamp three weeks ago points towards a filly on a huge upward curve. Set with a fair task in an 18-strong field, the daughter of Masterstroke produced a devastating burst inside the final two furlongs to the extent that she pulled clear of her rival’s close home and with several of those in behind that day going on to boost the form subsequently (most notable Charlequent and Miss Believe), there’s every reason to feel hopeful of her holding her own in this better grade. At 18-1, she looks seriously underestimated.
Beaute Pour Toi ran out a shock 22-1 winner on debut at Saint-Cloud and although it’s difficult to evaluate that performance up against what she faces this time around, there’s no denying her potential. Whether she deserves to be chalked up as one of the favourites on balance of her form is a moot point, however, and there are several who make much more appeal at the prices.