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Quick ground in Deauville today and that will suit The Good Man, who is a strong fancy in the Darley Prix Kergorlay (3.25pm).
The Stephane Wattel-trained five year old graduated from handicap company with a series of fine efforts in Group contests at around 1m4f last term, finishing second to In Swoop in the Prix D’Hedouville last May and then filling the same position when splitting Glycon and Sublimis in the Grand Prix de Deauville.
However, he looks potentially better still as a stayer this year, beating today’s favourite Joie De Soir into third when scoring in the Prix de Barbeville in May, with the high-class Bubble Smart back in second.
The softer ground might have blunted his finishing kick on his next start, when just behind Joie De Soir, but there was lots to like about his third in the Group 2 Prix Maurice De Nieuil last time, form that has had a timely boost with winner Quickthorn’s demolition job in the Lonsdale Cup – he paid late on for trying to chase that one down early in the straight.
I’m surprised to see Theo Bachelot on Jerome Reynier’s representative (and assume this was a decision taken by connections of our selection), but Morgan Delalande knows the horse well and it’s fair to say Wattel’s team couldn’t be in better form, with a host of winners in recent days.
3.25pm Deauville – 2pts win The Good Man @ 100/30 (7/2 in places)
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