Ervedya: takes on her elders for the first timePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Ervedya primed for first test against older fillies
Preview: France, Sunday (3.10 BST, live on ATR)
Deauville: Prix Rothschild (Group 1) 1m, 3yo+
FOUR British-trained runners and a French defence led by a Royal Ascot winner all help to give this first of five Group 1s at Deauville's month-long meeting a reassuringly familiar feel.
The Aga Khan's Ervedya has carried all before her this season among the three-year-old fillies in three starts, all of which underestimate her superiority when looked at purely in terms of the winning distance.
David O'Meara has enjoyed a clear run with Amazing Maria, allowing Sir Robert Ogden's filly to fulfil the promise of her juvenile campaign before an interrupted Classic season with Ed Dunlop.
Clive Brittain has twice previously sent Rizeena to Deauville, where she finished third in No Nay Never's Morny and fourth to Kingman in last season's Jacques le Marois.
James Doyle is reunited with Rizeena having been the man on top when she landed both the Queen Mary and Moyglare Stud Stakes at two.
Neither Bawina nor Fintry were able to get into the race in the Falmouth until after Amazing Maria had flown, while it is interesting that Mickael Barzalona has chosen the untapped potential of Usherette over Fintry's proven Group 2-winning form.
Odeliz did well to take the gaps after being hemmed in at Hamburg when winning a Group 3 on her latest start, while Amulet has a fine record in France at Listed level.
In the 11 editions since the race was granted Group 1 status, older fillies and mares have the edge with six wins against five for the Classic generation, including five of the last seven.
What they say
Clive Brittain, trainer of Rizeena
She's in very good form. Her first race of the year was a bit disappointing, but at Ascot she ran very well and I think she's probably improved with the run. I'd be happy if it continues to dry out but, if it doesn't, she does go on soft.
Andre Fabre, trainer of Fintry and Usherette
Fintry was very close at Newmarket and deserves another go. She didn't really handle the course very well and Deauville will suit her better. Usherette's work suggests she's up to competing with these mares and fillies.
Karl Burke, trainer of Odeliz
Nine furlongs is probably her perfect trip but a mile is fine as long as it's a strongly run race as she's a good-travelling filly. She has got only one finishing kick and if it's a slow pace then some of the speedier fillies may have too many gears for her. But she's in great form and the sheepskins seemed to sharpen her up at Hamburg.
Eve Johnson-Houghton, trainer of Amulet
She's in great form. It's a huge step up but she's in foal to Raven's Pass and this will be her last run. If she can run into a place we'd be very happy. She's fine on good ground but if it's soft it slows everything else down.
David O'Meara, trainer of Amazing Maria
She seems to be fine and has come out of her race well. The drying ground in France will help and I'm looking forward to running her. It was a slow first half at Newmarket and she made her move at halfway, but she seems versatile.
Carlos Laffon-Parias, trainer of Bawina
I wouldn't say she was unlucky last time, although she didn't enjoy the best trip. She's tough and takes her racing well. To run again three weeks later after travelling isn't easy, but she hasn't lost any weight and seems well. She's always run well at Deauville, she loves a straight track and has shown she's up to running against top-level fillies.
Jean-Claude Rouget, trainer of Ervedya
Her work has been perfect since Ascot and she seems on very good terms with herself. It will be a test to see how she fares against older fillies for the first time.