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Sweet success for Bradley with Deauville one-two

Nick Bradley Racing completed a successful raid on the Prix Zeddaan at Deauville with a one-two in the Listed contest – as Honey Sweet led home Hellomydarlin.

The Karl Burke-trained Honey Sweet, sent off at 6-1, appeared to enjoy the heavy ground as she pulled away in the final furlong to win by a length and a quarter under Cristian Demuro.

Behind her, in the same colours, was George Boughey’s Hellomydarlin – who already had useful Listed form as runner-up to Flotus at Ripon in August.

Bradley said: “I’m delighted – I thought it was a weaker race when (Andre Fabre’s) Trident was taken out.

“One of my horses (Honey Sweet) loved the ground – and I think the other one, Hellomydarlin, put up with the ground.

“They were both given great rides by their jockeys, and it was all very straightforward.”

Bradley’s string has had notable success both at home and abroad this season, with several trainers.

He added: “Hellomydarlin was third in the (Prix Robert) Papin and Honey Sweet has come fourth in a few good races in England, where the form has worked out really strong, so I’m delighted she won.

“I would think they will run again this season. I’d like to see them run again, so it’s just a case of deciding where.”

Garrus gains deserved Deauville sprint victory

Garrus claimed his first Group Three success with a convincing victory for trainer Charlie Hills in the Prix de Meautry at Deauville.

The 11-2 shot appeared to relish the good ground in France, having run consistently well up to Group One level all summer in Britain but failed to score since starting his campaign with a conditions win on the all-weather over the minimum trip at Wolverhampton in March.

Up at six furlongs here, as on his previous three starts, the five-year-old grey was always close to the pace from stall one under Ioritz Mendizabal and hit the front a furlong out en route to victory by a length and a quarter from favourite Duhail.

Paddy Power responded by shortening Hills’ gelding to 25-1, from 66-1, for the British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot in October.

Hills will take his time before committing to that target, but confirmed Garrus is at this stage unlikely to take up a much earlier Group One entry in the Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock.

The Lambourn trainer said: “It will probably come a bit too soon, I would think.

“It’s great to win a Group Three, and now I hope we can start looking at other better races again.

“But there aren’t too many of them now left (in Britain this season).

“We’ll see how he comes back and work from there, do the right thing by the horse.”

Garrus’ programme will not be entirely dictated by ground conditions, but Hills acknowledges a sounder surface may be preferable.

“He’s quite versatile with the ground,” he added.

“It was absolutely bottomless when he ran at Windsor and was second to Dream Of Dreams, but I think he does appreciate a bit faster ground really.

“We were really patient with him last year – the horse never ran, but we were just never really happy with him.

“We got him gelded through the winter, and ever since then he’s been moving so much better and running a lot better as well.

“We’d been putting him in the deep end a bit, so we were quite conscious that we wanted to find a slightly lower-grade race.”

Christophe Soumillon returns victorious aboard Dilawar
Christophe Soumillon returns victorious aboard Dilawar (PA)

There was also Group Three success at Deauville for Dilawar, in the Prix Quincey.

Christophe Soumillon delivered Alain de Royer-Dupre and the Aga Khan’s lightly-raced gelding down the centre of the track, and Dilawar picked up well to be easily on top at the line.

His two-and-a-half-length victory, at 9-2 from Now We Know, was his third in just four career starts – dropping down most effectively to this mile trip, having previously won at up to a mile and a half.

Glycon landed the feature Grand Prix de Deauville
Glycon landed the feature Grand Prix de Deauville (PA)

Glycon was the odds-on winner of the Group Two Grand Prix de Deauville, for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget and jockey Christian Demuro.

In a select field of five, the 5-6 favourite hit the front two furlongs out and held on tenaciously to win by half a length from The Good Man, striking at this level for the first time after two previous Group Three wins.

The winning trainer said: “He’s had two quick races, so I shall have to discuss the next race with the owners.

“He really doesn’t want to go much further than this (extended mile and a half), and he likes the softer ground, so we might look at Prix du Conseil (at ParisLongchamp in October).”

Fahey fires twin assault on Prix Morny prize

Perfect Power and Khunan give Richard Fahey a strong hand in the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville.

A narrow winner of the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot in June over the high-class Go Bears Go, Perfect Power then got into all sorts of traffic problems in last month’s Richmond Stakes at Goodwood and was beaten just over a length into fifth place.

Khunan was not far off his stablemate when sixth in the Norfolk, and turned the tables in the Richmond when he filled the runner-up spot behind the Alan King-trained Asymmetric – who is also in Sunday’s Group One field.

Fahey said: “We’ve got the two horses in there, and they both go there in good order. We just need a bit of luck now.

“They tell me it’s beautiful ground. I wouldn’t want it too extreme, but hopefully it will be fine.

“Things didn’t go the way we would have liked for Perfect Power at Goodwood, but that’s horse racing I’m afraid.

“The other horse wasn’t far behind him at Ascot and was in front of him at Goodwood, so it’s one apiece.”

Asymmetric with connections after winning at Goodwood
Asymmetric with connections after winning at Goodwood (John Walton/PA)

Asymmetric’s Richmond win was his third from just four career starts, his only defeat coming when narrowly beaten by Lusail in the July Stakes at Newmarket.

King said: “He’s been very good since Goodwood and has arrived safely.

“He’s obviously the quickest two-year-old I’ve ever trained. That’s probably not saying a lot – but he’s won his Group Two, and it was either run in the Gimcrack with a penalty or take him to France for a crack at this.

“The forecast looks quite encouraging – the better the ground, the better I think he’ll be, so it’s very exciting.”

The British challenge is completed by Richard Hannon’s pair of Armor and Gubbass.

Armor steps up in trip after winning the five-furlong Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood, while Gubbass was third in the Richmond.

Hannon said: “Armor is in great form and it looks like there is some rain on the way which will help him.

“Gubbass won’t be out of place, either.”

Irish hopes are carried by Gavin Cromwell’s Quick Suzy and the unbeaten Velocidad from Joseph O’Brien’s yard.

Quick Suzy steps up to take on the colts on her first start since winning the Queen Mary Stakes at the Royal meeting.

Gavin Cromwell (right) with Quick Suzy at Royal Ascot
Gavin Cromwell (right) with Quick Suzy at Royal Ascot (David Davies/PA)

“She’s in good shape, and we’re happy with her,” said Cromwell.

“The ground is good to soft and potentially could be good ground come Sunday. Either way it’s fine.

“Stepping her back up to six furlongs shouldn’t be a problem – it’s an easy six in Deauville as well.

“The fillies have a good record in the Morny, and last year’s Queen Mary winner (Campanelle) followed up here, so fingers crossed.”

Bowthorpe bids for Group One double at Deauville

William Jarvis is excited to see Lady Bowthorpe bid for back-to-back Group One victories over a mile and a quarter in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville.

The five-year-old mare, owned by music agent Emma Banks, gave Jarvis a day to remember when landing the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood last month.

That was Lady Bowthorpe’s first try at the trip, although she won the Group Two Dahlia Stakes over nine furlongs at Newmarket on her seasonal reappearance in May.

“Everything is going according to plan, and I’m very much looking forward to her running,” said Jarvis.

“She seems to have come out of her Goodwood run very well. It’s a pretty strong renewal of the Prix Jean Romanet, so we’re taking nothing for granted, but we’re hopeful.

“Ever since she won the Dahlia Stakes, or even as a four-year-old, I was keen for her to go to 10 furlongs, but the races didn’t really present themselves.

“She has shown she gets the 10 furlongs very well – and depending on how she gets on at Deauville, we could look at the Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp on Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe day.”

Of Lady Bowthorpe’s success in the Nassau Stakes, and the tremendous reception afforded by the crowd on the Sussex Downs and racing in general, the Newmarket trainer said: “It was very humbling, it was very gratifying as well. I was very flattered.”

Audarya disappointed when only fifth behind Lady Bowthorpe at Goodwood, but trainer James Fanshawe expects a better performance on Sunday.

She bids to become only the second horse to win this race twice, after Satwa Queen in 2006 and 2007.

“She seems really well after Goodwood, and nothing came to light after the race. I’m hopeful she can put that run behind her,” said Fanshawe.

“It’s a tougher race than last year, but she seems in good form in herself.

“Ioritz Mendizabal rides her, and he rode her twice last season. He won the Romanet on her and was third in the Opera on her, so he knows her well.”

Audarya went on to lift the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Keeneland in November.

Cayenne Pepper is ready for her assault on the big prize in Deauville
Cayenne Pepper is ready for her assault on the big prize in Deauville (PA)

Cayenne Pepper was beaten seven lengths in America, but this Group One contest has been her target all season.

Connections had been hoping the race would not be quite as competitive as it looks, but trainer Jessica Harrington reports the four-year-old to be in great shape after two runs at the Curragh.

“It’s the best race of the whole year for those fillies. It’s an incredible race,” she said.

“She’s in good form, and we’ve had it in mind all year this is the race we wanted to go for, but we didn’t quite expect it to be quite as hot is it is.”

There are two other Irish-trained challengers, in Willie McCreery’s Insinuendo and Joseph O’Brien’s Thundering Nights.

French hopes rest mainly with Alain de Royer-Dupre’s Ebaiyra, who was second to Broome in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on her latest start.

Thundering Nights primed for Deauville date

Joseph O’Brien reports his Pretty Polly Stakes heroine Thundering Nights in fine form as she seeks to double her Group One tally in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville.

Thundering Nights has had a break since getting the better of subsequent dual Grade One winner Santa Barbara at the Curragh in late June.

But the four-year-old is set to return to action in France on Sunday.

James Fanshawe’s Audarya may defend her Prix Jean Romanet title – while her Goodwood conqueror Lady Bowthorpe, for William Jarvis, and Kildare trainer Willie McCreery’s Insinuendo are others in the reckoning this weekend.

O’Brien told Sky Sports Racing: “I’m looking forward to running her.

“She’s come out of her last run at the Curragh well, and she’s done really well so far this season.”

The trans-Atlantic success of Santa Barbara – in the Belmont Oaks and Beverly D. Stakes, since her neck defeat to Thundering Nights – raises O’Brien’s hopes.

He added: “Obviously Santa Barbara has really boosted the form since the last run. She’s franked that form really well.

“It looks a very hot race, but we’re looking forward to the weekend with her.”

The Darley Prix Morny is the Group One prize on offer to the two-year-olds on Sunday’s classy card – and among the 17 still in contention is O’Brien’s unbeaten Velocidad, with Gavin Cromwell’s Royal Ascot winner Quick Suzy and Alan King’s Asymmetric also part of a potentially strong British and Irish challenge.

Audarya all set for Romanet defence

Audarya will head to Deauville at the weekend to defend her crown in the Prix Jean Romanet.

James Fanshawe’s five-year-old took the Group One contest by a neck last season, a first victory at the highest grade and one that paved the way to a thrilling success in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Keeneland in November.

Royal Ascot was the scene of the mare’s seasonal comeback in June, where she took on Aidan O’Brien’s top-class filly Love in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and was beaten by just three-quarters of a length at 10-1.

A subsequent run in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood in July ended in disappointment as Audarya finished fifth of the six runners, but Fanshawe reports that nothing was amiss afterwards and that the bay is ready to bounce back to form.

“She’s well, she’ll be going to the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville at the weekend,” he said.

“She seems to have come out of Goodwood in good form and the plan is go for the race on Sunday now.”

William Buick took the ride on Audarya at Goodwood and pointed to the good to soft going as a possible cause for the below-par run, but Fanshawe cited her previous wins on soft ground and does not think the conditions were a factor.

“She’s won on soft ground so I don’t think we can say it’s that,” he said.

“She was well afterwards and nothing came to light.

“It’s just something we will draw a line under hopefully, she seems very well and in great form, we’re really looking forward to running on Sunday.”

Free Wind blows away Prix Minerve field

Free Wind completed a big-race double for the Gosden-Dettori combination at Deauville with an impressive display in the Prix Minerve.

Just over an hour after stable star Palace Pier had successfully defended his crown in the Prix Jacques le Marois, Free Wind was an 11-2 chance to bag Group Three honours over an extended mile and a half.

Runner-up in a Listed event at Newmarket on her latest appearance, the daughter of Galileo raised her game to go one better in some style under Frankie Dettori, proving a length and a half too strong for Andre Fabre’s 11-8 favourite Burgarita.

Thady Gosden, who trains Free Wind in partnership with his father John, told Sky Sports Racing: “She’s a filly that tries her heart out every time and she’s progressed well through the year.

“She was obviously second in a Listed race at Newmarket over a mile and a half last time and she’s improved again today.

“She stays a mile and a half well and we definitely wouldn’t be afraid of stepping her up to a mile and six (furlongs) later on in the year.

“There’s races back here over a mile and a half and one at the end of the year over a mile and six, so we’ll speak to Mr Strawbridge (owner) and see what he wants to do.

“Frankie gave her a brilliant ride, as he did in the last race. He’s in flying form, which always helps.”

Earlier in the afternoon Oneforthegutter came close to claiming the Group Three Circus Maximus Francois Boutin Stakes for Ian Williams and William Buick, but was beaten a head by Who Knows.

Palace Pier fends off Poetic Flare to claim Jacques le Marois double

Palace Pier narrowly denied Poetic Flare to to claim back-to-back victories in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois at Deauville.

Defeated only once in nine previous career starts, Palace Pier was favourite to make it four from four for the season under Frankie Dettori, having missed last month’s Sussex Stakes at Goodwood following unsatisfactory blood test results.

Always travelling strongly, John and Thady Gosden’s stable star moved smoothly into contention on the outside of the field, with Jim Bolger’s 2000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes hero Poetic Flare delivering his challenge close to the stands’ rail.

In receipt of 6lb from his older rival, Sussex Stakes runner-up Poetic Flare did his best to claw back Palace Pier inside the last half-furlong, but Dettori’s mount was always doing enough to hold him at bay.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Order Of Australia finished third to make it a clean sweep for the visiting party.

Gosden said: “I lost a lot of time with him. He had a blood disorder which prevented him from running in the Sussex Stakes. To be perfectly frank, he came here with here with the minimum amount of work.

“Frankie said that his class made the difference. He was blowing a lot afterwards.

“However, if you bypass the Prix Jacques Le Marois, you’ve missed the race of the year. Of course, coming back here was the long-term aim. All things being equal, I ran a horse that was 80 per cent fit.

“He had the class and the jockey too. You could see that he was starting to tire towards the end, due to the fact that he had been held up in his work because of his illness.

“It was a super edition of the race and the second is an iron horse.

“I would have liked to have had him 100 per cent as last year. However, he ran a blinder and his trademark acceleration came to the fore.”

John Gosden was delighted with the performance of Palace Pier
John Gosden was delighted with the performance of Palace Pier (Mike Egerton/PA)

Paddy Power cut Palace Pier to 7-4 from 2-1 for Ascot’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, a race in which he finished third last term.

Gosden confirmed his charge will head straight for Champions Day in October, but raised the Qipco Champion Stakes as a potential alternative to the QEII.

He told Sky Sports Racing: “He’s a gorgeous horse and a lovely horse to be around. He’s got this amazing cruising speed and acceleration, (but) I wouldn’t be frightened of stepping him up to a mile and a quarter.

“I think we’ll wait for Champions Day. When you run a horse like this, don’t come back too quick, so we’ll wait for Champions Day and possibly run over a mile or even a mile and a quarter.”

When asked if Palace Pier could run in the Breeders’ Cup Mile in November, Gosden said: “That’s a long way off. Del Mar is a track I’m very fond of, I’ve had a lot of success there and a lot of good friends there, but that’s a long way down the road at the moment.”

Dettori was suitably impressed with Palace Pier’s performance.

He said: “I love the horse – he’s the best miler I’ve rode.

“He’s beautiful and he’s got everything – pace, a turn of foot and goes on any ground.

“We were rushing to get him here today. He’s missed a bunch of work and we got him here on 80 per cent.

“He’s just so good and got away with it.”

He added: “I kept an eye on Kevin (Manning, on Poetic Flare) and when he kicked I went after him. I basically raced on my own for the last 200 metres and passed him good, but Kevin came back and fought back.

“Like I said he (Palace Pier) is so good and just keeps on doing it.

“Apart from losing a shoe and getting a bad start in the QEII last year, he’s done nothing wrong.

“He’s a joy to ride and a joy to be around.”

Poetic Flare lost out in a photo
Poetic Flare lost out in a photo (David Davies/PA)

Kevin Manning was full of praise for Poetic Flare, saying: “He ran a very good race. The horse again gave of his best today.

“We are really over the moon with his effort.”

O’Brien already has his sights set on the Breeders’ Cup for Order Of Australia, but a return trip to France next month is also a possibility.

He said: “I think the mile is a perfect trip for him, even on a straight course. He might even be able to go longer but he has a high cruising speed.

“His end-of-year objective is the Breeders’ Cup Mile in the US, which he won last year.

“We’ll see how he recovers from the race before deciding where he goes next, but the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp at Paris-Longchamp in September, for example, isn’t to be excluded.

“I’m very happy with his performance.”

Alpine Star primed for Palace Pier rematch at Deauville

Alpine Star is reported to be in good form as she attempts to go one better in the Prix Du Haras De Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois at Deauville on Sunday.

Jessica Harrington’s filly only found Palace Pier too strong by three-quarters of a length 12 months ago when the ground was heavy.

That was the second of three occasions the daughter of Sea The Moon was runner-up in a Group One last season, after scoring at the top level in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on her first and only other start in 2020.

Frankie Dettori celebrates with Alpine Star at Royal Ascot last year
Frankie Dettori celebrates with Alpine Star at Royal Ascot last year (Edward Whitaker/PA)

Connections needed to give her a prep run after nine months off the track before returning to Deauville. Alpine Star returned in a Listed race at York last month, going down by a short head to Aristia after a pulsating finish.

“Mrs Harrington is very pleased with the filly and it’s nice to get her back in Group company,” said Alan Cooper, racing manager for owners the Niarchos family.

“The conditions should be very different this year. The ground is soft at the moment and the forecast is dry, so it should be good racing ground. Last year it was very deep.

“She needed to have a run before we considered coming to Deauville. It didn’t quite pan out as we’d hoped, but she came out of it very well and it brought her along so she should be on top of her game on Sunday.”

Alpine Star and Palace Pier, trained by John and Thady Gosden, were among 10 horses left in the Group One following the latest acceptance and supplementary stage.

Should Palace Pier be successful, he would be only the third horse to win back-to-back renewals after Miesque (1987 and 1988) and Spinning World (1997 and 1998).

Aidan O’Brien remains two-handed with Order Of Australia and Mother Earth while Andre Fabre has left in both Victor Ludorum and Midtown.

Jim Bolger relies on Poetic Flare after withdrawing stablemate Mac Swiney.

Ecrivain, Colosseo Usa and Chindit are the others left in the mix. Millebosc was the only other withdrawal.

Perfect Power primed for Prix Morny

Richard Fahey is keeping his fingers crossed for a change of luck for Perfect Power when he contests the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville next week.

A narrow winner of the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot in June over the high-class Go Bears Go, the Ardad colt got into all sorts of traffic problems when bidding to add to his tally in last month’s Richmond Stakes at Goodwood and was beaten just over a length into fifth place.

That form has been well advertised since, with Hugo Palmer’s fourth home Ebro River claiming Group One honours in last weekend’s Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.

Perfect Power will head to France in a bid to open his account at the highest level, and Fahey is delighted with his current condition.

“Everything that happened (at Goodwood), you’d probably have preferred it not to have happened, but he’s in great order,” the trainer told Sky Sports Racing.

“He heads to France for the Prix Morny on Sunday week.

“I think he’s a talented horse. At the moment, we’re all beating each other when you look at the two-year-old form.

“I’m sure he’s up near the top of the best ones, so let’s hope we get a bit more luck in France.”

Walker looking towards Haydock with Starman – and hoping for fast ground

Ed Walker is targeting Betfair Sprint Cup success for Starman after his gallant effort in defeat in Sunday’s Prix Maurice de Gheest.

The July Cup hero was well fancied to double his Group One tally at Deauville, but was beaten just under two lengths into third by the prolific Marianafoot.

Starman disappointed in a soft ground Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot last season, while he was taken out of the Diamond Jubilee at the Royal meeting on account of testing conditions.

Walker believes a combination of the easy surface and an extended trip of six and a half furlongs proved his stable star’s undoing in France, but he has no regrets about allowing him to take his chance.

He said: “I think we were right to run. The ground wasn’t as bad as it was at Ascot either on Champions Day or at Royal Ascot, when we took him out.

“We nearly got away with it. At the six-furlong pole he was nearly the winner. He came there to win his race and didn’t get home.

“I’m very proud of him. He ran a massive race and was very brave. He’s genuine and talented and the ground just blunted his speed and put more of an emphasis on stamina.

“He was beaten by a couple of horses that have got very good form over further.

“I think he lost nothing in defeat and credit to David Ward (owner) for being brave enough to give it a shot.”

Ed Walker was proud of Starman's performance in defeat
Ed Walker was proud of Starman’s performance in defeat (Simon Cooper/PA)

Walker is now praying for drying weather ahead of the Haydock showpiece on September 4.

“We live to fight another day and when we get him back on proper fast ground we’ll see his true colours again,” the trainer added.

“We’ve had so much rain we’re surely due a dry spell. We’ll aim for Haydock and see how we go.”

Starman primed for Maurice de Gheest challenge

Ed Walker believes July Cup hero Starman could be better than ever ahead of his bid for further Group One honours in France on Sunday.

The Dutch Art colt looked a top-class sprinter in the making after winning his first three career starts last season – and while he floundered in soft ground on Champions Day at Ascot, he made an impressive return in the Duke of York Stakes in May.

Testing conditions at the Royal meeting led to his withdrawal from the Diamond Jubilee, but he proved his Group One quality with a brilliant display on the July Course, and Walker could not have been happier with his stable star ahead of the Prix Maurice de Gheest.

He said: “I can’t wait, to be honest with you. I just wish it was scorching hot over there, but there’s always something to worry about.

“He’s in cracking form and we’re super excited, so fingers crossed.

“Everything has gone very well since the the July Cup. (Judged) on his last piece of work, I think he’s improving, dare I say it.

“He’s in flying form.”

The biggest threat to Starman could be Wesley Ward’s Campanelle.

Campanelle winning the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot
Campanelle winning the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot (Megan Ridgwell/PA)

The American challenger won the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and the Prix Morny at Deauville last summer – and returns to France off the back of doubling her Ascot tally in the Commonwealth Cup.

“She’s there and in good shape and Frankie (Dettori) is riding, so there are no worries,” said Ward.

“I think there are a lot of showers around and that is going to suit Campanelle just fine.

“We’re excited.”

Rohaan is enjoying a fantastic season for trainer David Evans, with victory in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot his fourth of the campaign.

He disappointed behind Starman in the July Cup, but Evans is anticipating a much-improved performance in France.

He said: “He’s in good order and I’d just write off his run in the July Cup, to be honest. He’s better than that.

“Everything was against him – he was probably on the wrong side, we probably made too much use of him, the ground was a bit quick and I don’t think he likes that track.

“I the trip, the track and the ground will suit him much better this weekend.

“It makes a change to be involved these races – it’s a lot easier training a good one than a bad one!”

Ralph Beckett’s Lennox Stakes winner Kinross, the Archie Watson-trained Glen Shiel and Kevin Ryan’s veteran sprinter Brando add further weight to the British challenge.

Irish hopes are carried by Aidan O’Brien’s Lope Y Fernandez, Ken Condon’s Laws Of Indices and Joseph O’Brien’s Thunder Moon.

The latter pair were split by just a head when first and second in the Prix Jean Prat at Deauville four weeks ago.

Condon said: “Everything has been good since the Prix Jean Prat. It’s good he’s had a nice break and he’s been training nicely, so we’re looking forward to heading back over with him.

Ken Condon with Law Of Indices
Ken Condon with Law Of Indices (PA/INPHO)

“I think the ground might be a bit drier than the last time, but he’s versatile ground-wise.

“It’s a very good race, as you would expect for a prestigious Group One.

“We’re happy to having Olivier Peslier riding our horse again and we hope he runs well.”

Of Thunder Moon, O’Brien told Betfair: “We were thrilled to see Thunder Moon get back on track in the Prix Jean Prat at Deauville last time, as his first two runs of the season had been very disappointing.

Joseph O'Brien has high hopes for Thunder Moon
Joseph O’Brien has high hopes for Thunder Moon (PA)

“The drop in trip seemed to help him and he was only just touched off by Laws Of Indices. This even shorter trip should be fine for him and the less testing ground will definitely be in his favour, as we considered taking him out of the Prix Jean Prat on account of the softening ground.

“The better the ground, the better his chance.

The home team includes Marianafoot, who steps up to the top level for the first time following a remarkable winning sequence.

Trainer Jerome Reynier said: “He has won seven in a row and was tried over a straight course back in April at Chantilly and handled it well.

“Six and a half furlongs is a bit of a long trip for the sprinters, but he has won over seven and I think he’s got a good chance.

“This is the logical next step and we’re looking forward to it. It’s a pretty good race and it will be good to try him against this sort of opposition.

“If we can step up onto the podium, we will be delighted.”

Quick Suzy to head to Prix Morny

Quick Suzy will head straight to this month’s Prix Morny after connections ruled out a crack at the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.

The Gavin Cromwell-trained filly impressed with a length-and-a-quarter victory in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, improving from a previous Curragh maiden win and a narrow second in Group Three company at Naas.

Quick Suzy, who is owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners following a sale facilitated by bloodstock agent Joseph Burke, had been in line to tackle the colts in Sunday’s Group One sprint, but will now wait for Deauville on August 22.

Burke said: “She worked well at the Curragh on Tuesday. But having spoken to Gavin, Gary Carroll (jockey) and Aron Wellman – the head of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners – we figured, having given her a holiday following Royal Ascot, that we’d give her another couple of weeks and aim for the Prix Morny instead.

“She gets an extra pound from the colts in Deauville as well – 4lb as opposed to 3lb at the Curragh – and fillies have a very good record in the Morny.

“She’s already Group placed in Ireland, a Group winner at Royal Ascot and the joint-highest rated two-year-old in Ireland – so it would be great to get some Group One form in France on her CV next.”

Gary Carroll celebrates victory with trainer Gavin Cromwell
Gary Carroll celebrates victory with trainer Gavin Cromwell (David Davies/PA)

Connections have also started to make plans beyond Deauville, with a tilt at Breeders’ Cup glory high on the agenda.

“Ultimately, her season revolves around the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Del Mar – and we’re working back from there,” added Burke.

“This race (Morny) fits in nicely – and we might take in the Cheveley Park then, all being well, before going to Del Mar.

“We’re very lucky to have her. She’s brought a lot of joy to all of us already, and we hope the second half of her season will be just as rewarding.”

Boughey breaks new ground with Oscula

George Boughey enjoyed a first Group-race victory as Oscula ran out a decisive winner of the Sky Sports Racing Prix Six Perfections at Deauville.

Ridden by Ryan Moore, the filly went into the race having run respectably in both the Albany and Duchess of Cambridge Stakes.

A Group win had not yet been achieved, but a trip to France proved worthwhile as the Nick Bradley Racing-owned bay was an impressive all-the-way winner when crossing the line a length and half ahead of her nearest rival.

“She was very good, she toughed it out and I think she appreciated running on soft ground again,” Boughey said of the 43-5 chance.

“It was very quick when she ran at Newmarket the other day, Ryan gave her a peach of a ride.

“She’s quite a progressive filly and it was nice to see her stay the seven furlongs.

“She’s always shown that she could do it and it’s nice to see her putting it into action and going and winning a Group race, she should be a lot of fun for the owners going forward.

“I imagine she could get a mile and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her go back out there for the Prix Marcel Boussac at the end of the year on Arc day.”

He added: “It’s a lot of hard work that goes into it by everyone at home, we’ve got some two-year-olds and some nice back-end horse who’ll make nice three-year-olds as well.

“Huge credit to everyone at everyone at home, sadly we couldn’t be there today but hopefully we will be next time.”

The Group Three Darley Prix de Cabourg went the way of Florian Guyader’s Have A Good Day (189-10), who ran prominently throughout but only took up the lead late on in a tightly-bunched finish.

The Group Three Prix de Psyche Sky Sports Racing was then claimed by 9-5 favourite Penja, who prevailed in a photo from for Cristian Demuro and Jean-Claude Rouget.

Jessica Harrington’s The Blue Brilliant finished as the runner-up, missing out by just a nose under Shane Foley, with Boughey’s Oaks runner-up Mystery Angel another three-quarters of a length back in third.

The concluding race on the card, the Listed Prix du Carrousel, was then won by Brokeback Mountain (7-1) for Gregory Benoist and Yann Barberot.

Mother Earth strikes in Rothschild thriller

Mother Earth displayed her class once again to take the Group One Prix Rothschild at Deauville.

The filly started as the 19-10 favourite under Ryan Moore and travelled towards the rear of the group for much of the race before being guided through a gap in the field with just over two furlongs remaining.

Having taken up the lead, Mother Earth was challenged by a trio of rivals in the closing stages of the contest, with Sagamiyra, Speak Of The Devil and Rougir all closing.

Aidan O’Brien’s runner prevailed, crossing the line a head in front of Sagamiyra, with Speak Of The Devil a further short head behind and Rougir the same distance away in fourth.

“Ryan gave her a brilliant ride,” O’Brien told Sky Sports Racing.

“She’s a very professional filly, she settles very well, relaxes and then quickens.

“She doesn’t do that much then gets to the front, she loves that distance.

“When she gets to the front, she waits a little bit, but that’s not a bad trait.

“I think we’ll probably stay at a mile, she’s professional at a mile and she likes the pace that the milers go.”

Aidan O'Brien was full of praise for Ryan Moore
Aidan O’Brien was full of praise for Ryan Moore (Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA)

A quick turnaround for the Prix Jacques le Marois on August 15 may be next on the agenda, another Group One contest run over a mile but this time with colts eligible to enter.

“I’d say that’s definitely a possibility because she is so professional, but we’ll see how she comes out of it and see what the lads want to do.

“All those races are open to her, she was in the Breeders’ Cup last year and she ran a big race and was finishing well that day.”