Dual Classic winner Avenir Certain will go straight to the ArcPICTURE: Scoop Dyga
Avenir Certain saunters to Nonette victory
Report: France, Tuesday
Deauville: Shadwell Prix de la Nonette (Group 2) 1m2f, 3yo fillies
FILLIES already have an incredibly strong hand in this year's Arc with Taghrooda and Treve in the top three in the betting and their challenge was further strengthened as the unbeaten Avenir Certain came through her final test with flying colours.
Her jockey Gregory Benoist had to do little more than a babysitting job on the unbeaten dual Classic winner as she sauntered to an authoritative success at Deauville on Tuesday.
A question still remains of whether she will stay the extra two furlongs of the Arc but her price has been trimmed slightly, with quotes ranging from 10-1 to 14-1 (from 16).
Her trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, on the day of his 61st birthday, said: "It wasn't much more than a morning excercise, which was exactly what we wanted. She won't come back for the Vermeille, she'll go straight for the Arc."
Settled in fifth of the seven runners as her pacemaker Crisolles towed the field along, Avenir Certain tanked into the home straight and powered clear with minimal encouragement from Benoist.
Once in front she was not asked to do any more and the 3-5 favourite put just a length and a half over Crisolles, who held on for second at 176-10.
Lavender Lane, a 6- shot, took third but British raider Be My Gal finished outside the places for Frankie Dettori and Roger Charlton. David Simcock's Madame Chiang was a non-runner.