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Deauville Delight! Our Runner By Runner Preview of Sunday’s Group 1 Feature

Horse race at Deauville Clairefontaine racecourse - Normandy, France

The Prix Jean Prat is the feature race at Deauville on Sunday and this year’s renewal of the Group 1 looks like a fascinating clash between some of the best 3yos in Europe. Check out our runner-by-runner guide to the contest, alongside Matchbook’s latest offer where new customers can claim Money Back as a Free Bet up to £30 if your first bet loses.



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1. ROZGAR (Francis-Henri Graffard, Christophe Soumillon)

Runner-up in a couple of maidens at Fontainebleau before winning his last three starts, taking the step up into Listed company in his stride when scoring at Chantilly (6f) last month. Finished a length and a quarter ahead of the William Haggas-trained Perfect Power (98-rated in Britain) there, but that bare form suggests that he’s got a bit to find with the best of these on his first start in Group 1 company.



2. LUSAIL (Richard Hannon, Pat Dobbs)

Dual Group 2 winning juvenile, his victories coming in the July Stakes and the Gimcrack. Hasn’t added to his tally in three starts this season, but he’s chased home Perfect Power in the Greenham and Coroebus in the St James’s Palace, whilst his sixth in the 2000 Guineas came against the track bias. Stays the mile but dropping back to 7f should if anything, be to his benefit, and his stable landed this contest in 2013; big player.



3. TEXAS (Henri-Francois Devin, Clement Lecoeuvre)

Didn’t show a great deal in maiden/conditions company but his form took a big step forward when he landed a Toulouse Listed contest in November (47/1). Has shown that performance to be no fluke with two fine runs as a 3yo, building on a 36/1 Longchamp Group 3 fourth when runner-up to Modern Games in the French 2000 Guineas last time (113/1). Possible pace angle here and could benefit from the slight drop in trip, so for all that he’s likely to be a big price once again, he shouldn’t be dismissed lightly.




4. MODERN GAMES (Charlie Appleby, William Buick)

Very progressive as a juvenile, winning four of his six starts culminating in an impressive Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf victory at Del Mar. Reappeared with victory in the French 2000 Guineas at Longchamp on seasonal/stable debut; Texas 2nd, Tribalist 3rd. Bumped into Vadeni in the Prix du Jockey Club last time where the soft ground also wouldn’t have been ideal. Faster surface in his favour here, but taking a big drop in trip perhaps isn’t.



5. TRIBALIST (Andre Fabre, Mickael Barzalona)

Sole victory from his seven starts to date came when running out a very impressive winner of a Saint-Cloud maiden back in April. Has since gone on to finish third in the French 2000 Guineas, but he failed to take advantage of what looked like a good opportunity (7/10F) to land a four-runner Chantilly Group 3 last time. Back up in class here and whether the drop back to 7f is a plus remains to be seen.



6. NEW ENERGY (Sheila Lavery, Robbie Colgan)

11/1 Curragh maiden winner on his debut last September, and although he’s failed to add to that in five subsequent starts he’s been campaigned solely at pattern level, finishing third in consecutive Listed races in Ireland earlier this season. Put up by far his best showing to date when runner-up to Native Trail in the Irish 2000 Guineas, but limitations were seemingly once again exposed in the St James’s Palace next time. Could be suited by being smuggled into a fast-run 7f race, but on that Ascot showing, he’s got ground to make up with Lusail.



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7. LIGHT INFANTRY (David Simcock, Jamie Spencer)

Unbeaten in two juvenile starts, building on a wide margin Yarmouth debut success when landing the Group 3 Horris Hill at Newbury in October. Outclassed when a 50/1 outsider for the 2000 Guineas on seasonal debut, albeit he wouldn’t have been advantaged by racing closest to the stands rail in a meeting where the far side of the track looked to hold an edge. Missed Royal Ascot on account of fast ground, and whilst this isn’t expected to be as quick, he’d still have preferred a bit more cut.



8. SIAM PARAGON (Georges Doleuze, Stephane Pasquier)

Bolted up in a handicap on the all-weather here in January, and he has gone on to win two of three subsequent turf outings, justifying favouritism to land a Listed contest at Longchamp last time out. The second, fourth and fifth home haven’t done much for that form since, however, and this is by far his toughest assignment to date; best watched.



9. MANGOUSTINE (Mikel Delzangles, Olivier Peslier)

Unbeaten in three juvenile starts, building on a Lyon Parilly Listed success when landing the Group 3 Prix Miesque at Chantilly in October. Stepped forward on a respectable Longchamp reappearance third when landing the French 1000 Guineas back at that track in May, holding off the challenge of Cachet. That form’s received some knocks since, however, and Mangoustine herself could only finish ninth in the Coronation Stakes next time out. Probably wants good to soft or softer ground, and this is a big ask taking on the boys for the first time.



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10. ACCAKABA (Christophe Ferland, Maxime Guyon)

Four-time juvenile winner, including the Group 2 Prix du Calvados over this course and distance; subsequently fourth against the colts in the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on the Arc card. Hasn’t added to her tally in two starts as a 3yo, finishing third in Group 3’s the last twice. Far from disgraced against her elders last time out, but this is a tougher test and she’s expected to come up short.



11. TENEBRISM (Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore)

Beautifully-bred filly who stepped forward significantly on a Naas debut success when landing the Group 1 Cheveley Park at Newmarket in September, coming with a rattle down the near rail to get up late on. Hasn’t really kicked on as expected as a 3yo, finishing a beaten favourite in the 1000 Guineas (looked a questionable stayer over the mile), but put up a better showing when fourth in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot next time. Dropping back to 7f could well be a good move, but this won’t be easy taking on the colts for the first time.



Verdict

A cracking renewal of this Group 1 can go the way of LUSAIL, who was twice a winner at Group 2 level as a juvenile, claiming the July Stakes prior to the Gimcrack. Although 0-4 since he has bumped into the likes of Perfect Power and Coroebus either side of his 2000 Guineas sixth – a run worth upgrading as he challenged from a disadvantageous track position. Dropping back to 7f should help based on his front-running Ascot second, and his stable has previous in this having taken the 2013 renewal with Havana Gold. Texas, another potential pace angle, looks overpriced judged on his French 2000 Guineas second and is fancied to chase the selection home, whilst the strong-travelling New Energy shapes as though he’ll appreciate this test and can once again fill the places.

  1. LUSAIL
  2. Texas
  3. New Energy

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