Purple Rain pulled his chance away on handicap debut last time, but he was sent off a warm favourite that day and is worth chancing again at considerably bigger odds.
It hasn’t been plain sailing since his debut second (albeit at a distance!) behind subsequent Listed winner Breizh Sky, but he was paddling late on in soft ground on his second start, while there were positives to take from his subsequent fourth at Saint-Cloud in July.
Sent off second favourite that day, he was held up off a modest tempo, but was the quickest home over the final couple of furlongs and finished just behind Rising Blast, won landed a maiden at Dieppe next time.
Purple Rain raced without cover at Deauville on his latest outing, but was noticeably strong in the market once again and it’s clear this €105,000 yearling must go pretty well at home. Barberot has his team in good form and if Gregory Benoist can get him settled, Purple Rain has a strong chance of hitting the frame at the very least.
2.33pm Clairefontaine – 1pt win, 0.5pt place Purple Rain @ 16-1 (all firms)
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