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Malavath given Newmarket green light

Malavath will head to the Qipco 1000 Guineas rather than the French equivalent, connections have confirmed.

Francis-Henri Graffard’s Mehmas filly produced an eye-catching seasonal debut in the Prix Impudence at Deauville following a juvenile campaign where she was never unplaced in five starts.

A Group Two victory in the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte at Chantilly was followed by a gallant runner-up effort in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf at Del Mar, where she came home half a length behind Christophe Clement’s Pizza Bianca.

David Redvers, owner and manager of Tweenhills stud, co-owns the filly under the Everest Racing banner.

He said: “She is on course for the 1000 Guineas, although it is a nervous week running up to it.

“She won the Prix Imprudence, which is the French Guineas trial, and according to her trainer she has come on significantly for that run, is in the peak of health and we just hope she can spend this last week incident-free and arrive at Newmarket in the form she is currently in at home.”

Malavath’s three victories in six career starts have all come with ease in the ground but the weather is set fair for the week.

However, despite the prospect of faster ground, Redvers insists Malavath copes with any conditions, underlining her Del Mar run as an example.

“She won the Prix Impudence on heavy ground, there is no getting away from that, but she also ran in the Breeders’ Cup on fast ground,” he added.

“We always felt she would be inconvenienced by heavy ground and we were very worried about running her before that in the Criterium de Maison-Laffitte in very soft ground (which she won).

“One of the things that makes her particularly interesting is she seems to have an extraordinary ability to handle any conditions and a temperament that most trainers would die for.”

Though Malavath stayed well on her first attempt over a mile at Del Mar, Redvers concedes that there are still some stamina doubts to be addressed.

“The Breeders’ Cup was firm ground, although it is a very different thing running on the Rowley Mile to running round a bend at Del Mar,” he admitted.

Christophe Soumillon will ride Malavath
Christophe Soumillon will ride Malavath (Steven Paston/PA)

“There are pedigree question marks surrounding the sire rather than anything else. But she is one of the few with a genuinely steep climb in her form figures and she seems to have improved again.

“Francis is extremely positive about her chance and never questioned running at Newmarket.

“I thought the obvious bet would be to go to the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches but he has always been adamant that this is where she is coming – he thinks she is as good as there is, and wants to prove it.”

Though Ryan Moore was on board at Del Mar, Christophe Soumillon partnered Malavath on her seasonal debut and is set to keep the ride in a race which saw ante-post favourite Inspiral withdrawn on Sunday.

“If there was any doubt about running at Newmarket before, the Inspiral news would have dispelled it completely,” Redvers added.

Graffard favours Newmarket Classic for Malavath

Francis-Henri Graffard’s Malavath is on track for the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket after a taking seasonal debut in the Prix Imprudence at Deauville.

The filly was impressive last season when never unplaced in five runs, ending her French campaign with a Group Two victory in the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte at Chantilly.

A run in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar followed and the daughter of Mehmas was a gallant runner-up when coming home just half a length behind Christophe Clement’s Pizza Bianca.

The form from that race was further boosted at Newmarket on Tuesday when Cachet, fourth at Del Mar, triumphed comfortably in the Group Three Nell Gwyn Stakes on her first run of the new campaign.

Malavath kicked off her own season in the Group Three Prix Imprudence at Deauville and was a ready winner despite the race being run on a surface heavier than her preferred good going.

“We were very impressed with her comeback, she did it nicely and everything is fine with her,” said Graffard.

“She is better on better ground but she has just shown that she’s a very good filly.”

Prior to the Deauville contest, options were open as to whether the three-year-old would target the French or English version of the Guineas and the victory has now left connections more inclined to aim at the latter race.

“At the moment we are leaning towards the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, there are some trials in England, Ireland and France again this week so we will decide after that, but that is the main option,” said Graffard.

The trainer also confirmed plans for Sealiway, who finished second to Skaletti when making his seasonal debut in the Group Prix d’Harcourt at Longchamp on Sunday.

Sealiway winning the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot
Sealiway winning the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot (Steven Paston/PA)

The Group One Prix Ganay is next on the agenda for the chestnut, who is already a winner at the top level, having previously taken the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere and the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot.

“I was very pleased with him, he will come on a lot for that and we will run him next in the Prix Ganay,” said Graffard.

Plans are also taking shape for 12-times winner The Revenant, who has scored twice already this term at Saint-Cloud, taking the Listed Prix Altipan and the Group Three Prix Edmond Blanc, races he also won in 2019.

Almost exclusively a miler throughout his career, a step up in trip could be afoot for the gelding as Graffard is mulling over a bid for the Group One Prix d’Ispahan, run at Longchamp over a mile and a furlong.

He is also entertaining the idea of an alternative engagement on British turf as the seven-year-old holds an entry for the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 14.

The Revenant winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot
The Revenant winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Graffard said of the horse: “He was very good at Saint-Cloud, either he will go straight to the Prix d’Ispahan or he will run in the Lockinge.”

Malavath to test Classic claims at Deauville

Francis-Henri Graffard’s Breeders’ Cup runner-up Malavath will head for the Prix Imprudence on her way to either the French or English Guineas.

The chestnut was last seen at Del Mar in November, finishing just half a length behind Pizza Bianca in the Grade One Juvenile Fillies Turf on her first run over a mile.

Prior to that the filly had been campaigned exclusively over six furlongs, with a Group Two success in the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte at Chantilly the culmination of her French two-year-old season.

Now three, the daughter of Mehmas is set to make her seasonal debut over an intermediate trip of seven furlongs on Thursday, after which she is likely to take up an engagement in either the English or French 1000 Guineas.

“She is very well, she’s running in the Prix Imprudence at Deauville,” Graffard said.

“She has an entry for Newmarket, she will run in either the English or French Guineas, depending on how she runs (at Deauville).

“She’s been very impressive, I just hope the ground won’t be too soft at Deauville as I think she’s better on good ground.”

Sealiway winning the Qipco Champion Stakes
Sealiway winning the Qipco Champion Stakes (Steven Paston/PA)

Graffard also has early-season plans pencilled in for Qipco Champion Stakes winner Sealiway, who made his first start for the stable in February when heading out to Riyadh for the Saudi Cup and finishing 13th of 14th runners.

The Group Two Prix d’Harcourt at Longchamp on Sunday is his intended starting point, after which a run in the Prix Ganay will be considered.

“You’ll probably see him in the Prix d’Harcourt at Longchamp,” he said.

“After that we will look at the Prix Ganay for him, and then we will see how he goes and what we want to do.”