Deauville hosts a top-class card on Sunday, with four pattern contests lined up. There is plenty of British interest in the action, including the feature contest, the Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marios, that was won last year by Alpha Centauri! We’ve had a dig through all the racing and all our thoughts are below, including a treble to hopefully make Sunday very profitable! If you’re looking for our British Horse Racing Tips, they can be found on site too!
The pattern action kicks off with this Listed contest, raced over the seven-furlong distance for the two-year-olds. The favourite is the unbeaten ARAPAHO, who built on a cozy maiden success when scoring easily in conditions company, never coming off the bridle. He’s thoroughly unexposed and is a potentially exciting commodity for top connections, looking as though he’s the one to beat.
Charlie Appleby sends over King’s Command, a gutsy novice winner who ran a stinker when down the field in the Superlative Stakes last month. He’s surely capable of better, but he still has stamina to prove at this distance and wouldn’t be the safest option. Milltown Star makes the trip over for Mick Channon, though after five starts, he’s looking exposed and was last in a Group 2 at Glorious Goodwood when last seen.
Tip: ARAPAHO (1/2)
Just the one British runner comes over for this Group 3 contest, with Richard Hannon’s Star Terms looking likely to go off the favourite. Winning three of her eleven starts, she has the most experience in this field by far. She was upped to twelve furlongs on her latest start when landing a Listed contest at Longchamp and she’s unexposed at this trip, so further progress is hard to rule out.
Preference, however, is for the lightly-raced WONDERMENT, who ran better than the bare result suggests when seventh in the Prix de Diane Longines. She was too keen early on and was only headed at the furlong pole, where some speedier horses came on by. Stepping up to this distance should really suit her, given her breeding, and this drop in class can also help her regain the winning thread.
Tip: WONDERMENT (7/2)
The main event is the Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marios, a mile contest that has been won by some very smart horses, including Dubawi, Goldikova, Excelebration, Ribchester, Kingman and most recently, Alpha Centauri.
Winning two of her three starts in 2019, latterly the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, Watch Me is likely to go off favourite. That form has taken knocks since, but she gets all the allowances (three-year-old filly) and you’d be foolish to rule out another huge run. Romanised was fifth in last year’s renewal and looked better than ever when landing a Group 2 last time, so is another who merits consideration.
At a huge price, the interesting one in the race is Charlie Appleby’s LINE OF DUTY, who ended 2018 when landing the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in a fantastic performance. He’s been disappointing in 2019, but both runs have come over ten and twelve furlongs respectively, so dropping in trip looks a big positive. Granted, he does need to bounce back, but there is plenty of hope he’ll do so back on softer ground over the mile.
Tip: LINE OF DUTY (12/1)
The final race of pattern action comes in the form of this Listed ten-furlong contest for the three-year-olds. Although never sighted on debut, STAR SAFARI showed plenty of guts when scoring on his second start at Nottingham over the mile, hanging badly but still finding enough to score. Stepping up to ten furlongs can only help this son of Sea The Stars and he remains one to follow for top connections.
Zarkallani looks his main challenger, an impressive winner of a Longchamp maiden on his third career start. He was never sighted in the French Derby, but this is a significant drop in class and it would be foolish to dismiss him after such a small sample size of runs.
Tip: STAR SAFARI (2/1)