The Group 1 Darley Prix Morny is the undoubted highlight at Deauville on Sunday where runaway Duchess Of Cambridge winner Pretty Pollyanna will be looking to live up the reputation she acquired when easily winning the aforementioned Group 2 by seven lengths.
The form of that contest has since been franked with the remote second Angel’s Hideaway cosily landing a Group 3 contest at Ascot in the interim. Michael Bell’s star two-year-old filly should be hard to beat receiving an allowance from the colt’s.
John Quinn who won the race back in 2014 with the very smart The Wow Signal, trains another filly in the line-up with leading credentials in the form of Signora Cabello. The daughter of Camacho has won her last four starts in what has been a busy two-year-old campaign. The last two victories have come at Group 2 level in the Queen Mary and at Maisons-Laffitte.
If she continues to progress then she has every chance of maintaining her winning-streak in this Group event.
Aidan O’Brien sends over Land Force who like Signora Cabello has had a busy campaign and the son of 2013 winner No Nay Never won his first Group race in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood earlier this month. The Norfolk third seem to be thriving on racing and looks sure to be right there at the finish.
Last season’s winning trainer was Karl Burkes when his “Unfortunately” won under Tony Piccone. Burke’s leading hope for success this time around is Comedy who has been very progressive in landing three races on the bounce culminating in a Group 3 win at Deauville when last seen.
Others to consider include Marie’s Diamond and Sexy Metro.
Selection: Land Force
The Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet looks to have some of horse racings leading female lights with the very smart Bateel top amongst them. Last season’s Vermeille winner was a snug winner on seasonal debut in a Group 2 contest at Saint-Cloud in May. If turning up in the same form that she showed last year then it’s difficult to see her being beaten.
The raiding party is being led by Aidan O’Brien’s Rhododendron who won the Lockinge in May but has been disappointing in her two starts since that victory in the Queen Anne and Nassau Stakes. Aidan has the Midas touch with these fillies so she could just bounce back to form but she’ll need to be on the top of her game to beat Bateel.
Urban Fox has been a model of consistency this year with a career highlight coming in the Group 1 Pretty Polly at the Curragh in July. I think that race was slightly below par in terms of Group 1’s but the daughter of Foxwedge did win in convincing fashion. Wild Illusion put Urban Fox in her place at Goodwood but if Bateel fails to fire then she may just pick up the pieces.
Others with claims include Lady Frankel, Golden Legend and I’m So Fancy.