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€100,000 yearling Souzak finds a glorious opportunity to get off the mark in the opening maiden at Deauville this afternoon. This will be his fifth racecourse start and this improving colt took a big step forward to run third in a provincial Listed last time, despite losing his footing around the turn.
There could be a couple of improving types in here, but Souzak really should be a shade of odds-on in this company and is taken to get the weekend off to a good start for us.
12.58pm Deauville – 1pt win Souzak @ 13/8 (Sky Bet, Sport Nation, Ladbrokes and Coral or 6/4 generally)
A small field for this Group Three and Facteur Cheval can hopefully complete a quick double for Calas trainer Jerome Reynier. Purchased by Team Valor after making a sensational Parisian debut, Facteur Cheval has looked brilliant on the track and won a Chantilly Listed last time in devastating style. Reynier is talking about Group One targets at Ascot in October and he seems confident that his buzzy horse can take another step forward today.
Texas ran well in the Poulains and Oscula is obviously incredibly tough, but this race was nominated for Facteur Cheval immediately following his last win and this should be another win for France’s new star gelding, following in the hoofprints Skalleti and Cirrus Des Aigles.
1.33pm Deauville – 2pts win Facteur Cheval @ 2-1 (all firms)
This looks a really good contest for the three-year-old fillies and the winner will certainly have Group One targets this autumn. The rain should come just in time for Rosacea, who ran a blinder in the Prix de Diane and was strongly fancied for the Pouliches by this column, though she didn’t enjoy a great trip.
Judging by the market, this looks another Group race primed for export, but Mqse de Sévigné is an each-way play. The Siyouni filly for the nine-furlong trial for the Pouliches in good fashion and was amongst the favourites for Longchamp’s fillies classic. She actually ran ok in 9th and shaped as if further would suit this homebred half-sister to 12 furlong colt Meandre. She suffered a set-back and spent a month out of training, missing the Diane, but then came back in great style, narrowly failing to give 2kg to the re-opposing Trevaunance over this C&D at the start of the meeting.
An imposing filly, she has only had five racecourse starts and only has 3lbs to find with Rosacea on official ratings. I fancy her to run into a place at the least today.
2.50pm Deauville – 1pt each-way Mqse de Sévigné @ 10-1 (Sport Nation, LivescoreBet, Virgin Bet or 11-1 with Ladbrokes and Coral or 9-1 available elsewhere)
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