There are five divisions of the 1m4.5f handicap at Deauville this afternoon and our bet on the card goes in the third of them (5.58pm).
Clever Actress had a wide trip throughout when a close-up fifth here a month ago, on what was her latest out. Beaten three short-heads and a head, it suggested her turn may be near of this workable mark, just 2lbs higher than when scoring at Le Mans over 1m2f in May.
Connections had flirted with this longer trip for her in the past and that latest effort suggests it is well worth trying again, with Alexis Pouchin likely to be able to get plenty of cover on this occasion from the low draw. There are plenty of firms paying four places and at the price, she is too big to ignore.
5.58pm Deauville – 1pt win, 0.5pt place Clever Actress @ 25-1 4 places (Bet365, Skybet, Coral, Quinnbet, Ladbrokes, 25-1 5 places with Betfred)
The 4yo maiden is unsurprisingly a weak contest and Speedy Angel looks the right favourite. However, she is short enough and in a race that’s big on numbers but lacks any strength in depth, I have to take a chance on Daiquiri Dream.
The selection was behind today’s re-opposing favourite and a couple of others, Radiant Sky and Xclusif, here three weeks ago, but she was on debut that day, for a yard whose runners tend to improve with experience.
A daughter of Dubawi, she is out of Cocktail Queen, who was moved to France by her owner Jeff Smith back in 2014 and won the Grand Prix de Deauville for this yard that summer.
A second foal, the full brother ran to a Racing Post Rating of 93 and at this level, the 33-1 makes plenty of appeal, with the yard already in winning form this year.
4.13pm Deauville – 1pt win Daiquiri Dream @ 33-1 (all firms)