After a brilliant Saturday of action at Newbury, attentions now turn to Deauville, who host a brilliant card that includes a pair of Group 1 contests! The Prix Morny features a host of British challengers including both Arizona and Ali’A. Can the home charge repel the challenges of the Irish and British runners? All our thoughts for the brilliant card is below! For all our British horse racing tips.
The pattern action opens up with the 1m 4f Prix de Pomone, a Group 2 for the fillies and mares. This looks a hugely competitive affair, though the vote is given to Ed Vaughan’s DAME MALLIOT. She has won two of her three starts, making her pattern/grass debut when easily landing a Listed race at Newmarket. She created a huge impression that day and Frankie Dettori now takes over. She looks potentially very classy and can enhance that reputation here.
Aidan O’Brien comes double-handed, with his biggest chance being South Sea Pearl, who was a Listed winner at Leopardstown two starts back. Her latest Group 2 won at Glorious Goodwood was another step in the right direction and she should on the premises. Klassique makes the ride over for William Haggas and was a Group 3 winner two starts back, and that form also gives her a place shout.
Tip: DAME MALLIOT (5/2)
The first of the Group 1 races, the Prix Morny is a six-furlong contest that can go the way of ALI’A for Simon Crisford. He’s won both his starts since a highly promising debut at Ripon, landing the Group 2 Norfolk at Royal Ascot before landing a Group 2 at this venue in great style. He was well on top at the finish and stepping up in distance can provide further progress, which will see him as very tough to beat.
The unbeaten Earthlight rates as the biggest danger, a son of Shamardal who has landed all three of his races at skinny odds. The latter success came in a course and distance Group 3 where he routed his rivals and although this is much tougher, he remains highly promising. C0ventry Stakes winner Arizona makes his long-awaited return for Aidan O’Brien and is another who couldn’t be discounted with any confidence.
Tip: ALI’A (7/2)
The one who stands out is John Gosden’s CORONET, who was back to winning ways when taking the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on her latest outing. She beat a smart field that day with a determined finish and that sets the standard here. Frankie Dettori retains the partnership and she should prove extremely difficult to beat with conditions ideal.
She’ll face some stern opposition, including Andre Fabre’s With You, who was a Group 1 winner last season and returned to her best on her latest outing when second to Laurens in a course Group 1 over the mile. She stays ten furlongs and should be involved at the finish. Wild Illusion is Godolphin’s chief hopeful, as she looks to build on a pair of Group 1 wins she gained in 2018. Aidan O’Brien sends over I Can Fly, whose only win this year was a minor event but she’s shown plenty of form that suggests she can place at this level.
Tip: CORONET (6/4)
This staying contest is going to require a huge amount of stamina with the ground currently riding as soft. That will suit Hughie Morrison’s MARMELO down to the ground. He finished second in this race twelve months ago when perhaps give a bit too much to do and this year’s renewal isn’t much tougher. He’s the only British runner in the race and can provide those across the channel with a brilliant finish to the card.
Call The Wind should give him the most to think about thanks to his consistent 2019 form, while Mille Et Mille is also impossible to rule out.
Tip: MARMELO (9/4)