FRENCH RACING TIPS: All the best bets for Thursday’s meeting at Deauville as Muette seeks to build on promising form in the Prix Gold River
- Highlight on 10-race card is the Prix Gold River, a Listed race over 14-furlongs
- The Andre Fabre-trained filly Muette progressed well in four outings last year
- Others to catch the eye on Thursday’s card include Stromboli and Zaverna
The decision by the French government to suspend racing at Paris venues means Thursday’s Longchamp card is now hosted by Deauville, the racecourse on the Normanby coast.
Highlight on the 10-race card is the Prix Gold River, a Listed race over 14-furlongs which brings together a host of interesting stayers, including Amarena who makes her debut for trainer Pascal Bary having finished her truncated three-year-old career in the French Oaks last June.
Formerly trained by Henk Grewe in Germany, the daughter of Soldier Hollow won on debut at Dusseldorf before cosily lifting a Longchamp Listed prize on her next start, a performance which brought a switch in handler.
Thursday’s card has been switched to Deauville after Longchamp was shutdown again
Unfortunately for connections, Amarena probably found the competition and ground in the French Oaks at Chantilly a little too lively for her liking and she would arguably welcome plenty of rain to aid her chance on comeback.
Think Of Me is another that operates well in deep ground as she proved on her comeback at Fontainebleu when running away from a useful field in the Prix De Samoreau.
She boasted the class to finish runner-up to Moonlight Spirit in the Group 3 Prix de Lutece (1m7f) last autumn so stamina is no issue and her fitness should be assured given her record fresh.
Thing Of Me’s form with Moonlight Spirit puts her on a par with MUETTE (10.40), but narrow preference is for the latter who is from a family which produced Melbourne Cup winner Might And Power.
The daughter of Deep Impact didn’t race at two and looked to step forward with each start last season, culminating in an honourable fourth in the Group 2 Prix Chaudenay, a run which looked even better three weeks later when winner, Technician, subsequently won in Group One company.
Admittedly, some of Andre Fabre’s horses have looked as though the outing has done them good, but the stable have begun to tick along more successfully in the last few days and Muette could be the answer to an intriguing heat.
Others to catch the eye on the card include STROMBOLI and ZAVERNA (12.10) in the 10-furlong handicap for older horses given they both ran with credit on their first runs back following the resumption, while CRUSH ON ME (11.10) and RAYSTEVE (11.40) both shaped with immense promise on their initial racecourse starts this spring and look well worth considering in their respective maidens.