My first bet is Impitoyable in the maiden for sprinting three-year-olds at 1.23pm. This ex-Wertheimer gelding looks an inspired claim for current connections and looks solid in this company today. Runner-up to 40+ horses Sluzewiec and Flying Candy on his last two starts, he is versatile and looks to still be improving. Delphine Santiago takes a handy 3lbs off his back which should give him the edge over 11/8 favourite Bolchoi.
Odds of 11/2 this morning are well worth taking.
1.23pm Deauville – Impitoyable 1pt win @ 11/2 (most firms)
The most informative race on the card today, provided you aren’t big into the Arabian scene, is the 2yo conditions race at 3.08pm. Alvina is a former Race Sharp winner but has been slightly disappointing lately in better company, despite continuing to be hotly-touted. Quilla Moon made a fine debut at Dieppe but feels short to me in this company, which isn’t far off Listed grade.
Optimal and Zudu Spirit were both winners in a weaker grade last time out and head this market. Zudu Spirit has a more progressive profile and is taken to defy her 2kg penalty. She made a winning debut on Prix de Diane Day and was then put into a Listed on her next start, running a fair race in 5th. More positive tactics saw her run out a very easy winner at Vichy last month, where her cruising speed looked above ordinary.
Connections were keen to run back in a Listed at the weekend but the trainer saddled Vicious Harry (2nd) in that. The Delcher-Sanchez yard is flying and I would be disappointed if she can’t go close in this company.
3.08pm Deauville – Zudu Spirit 1pt win @ 3-1 (most firms)
Three-year-olds on balance face a tough task in races like the mile handicap at 5.00pm, the second division of the farcical Grand Handicap de Deauville from Sunday (high draws dominated), but few three-year-olds have a profile like Henri-Alex Pantall’s Easily Amused. The Dubawi filly made a winning debut at Vannes in May and has been progressively brought back in trip to land a handicap at Vichy last month in impressive style off 35.0. Sent off as a 9/4 favourite, she raced positively, which is where she will want to be today based on the way Sunday’s races panned out.
At odds of 10-1, she is worth chancing today to defy a 4kg penalty with firms who are paying out 5 or 4 places, despite the 15 runners.
5.00pm Deauville – Easily Amused 1pt each-way @ 10-1 (Betfred and Sky Bet, 5 places)
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