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Gatewood 22-5-12

Gatewood: was a winner at Deauville last time out

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)  

Gatewood seeking further French glory

Preview: France, Sunday (2.40pm BST ATR)

Deauville: Grand Prix de Deauville Lucien Barriere (Group 2) 1m4½f, 3yo+

JOHN Gosden enjoys a cushion of more than €500,000 over his nearest pursuer in the race to be Britain's champion trainer, a figure that might be even greater by now, had the master of Clarehaven not aimed some of his most potent inmates across the English Channel at Deauville over the past month. 

While Kingman missed no home alternative when landing the Prix Jacques le Marois, the likes of Western Hymn, Gregorian and Gosden's representitive here, the Prix de Reux winner Gatewood, could all have been chasing sterling rather than euros. 

Gosden will have been far more concerned with finding the right target for Gatewood, who was in command from some way out under William Buick when beating Rio Tigre and Going Somewhere three weeks ago. 

Andre Fabre, who has steered a wide berth of Deauville with his best horses during this wettest of Augusts, has been bringing Rio Tigre along steadily. 

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Further improvement can be expected, although the trainer may believe his future lays over further, given his Pattern entries over a mile and seven furlongs.

The Brazilian-bred Going Somewhere has threatened to win a race of this nature since joining David Smaga and running with credit in the Arc.

The question of whether he is a mile-and-a-half horse or a stayer seems unresolved but Going Somewhere has a 5lb pull in the weights with Gatewood for a near four-length defeat.

The small field and very soft ground could suit the supplemented Cocktail Queen, who ran her rivals ragged in the Group 3 Prix Gontaut-Biron and bids to continue owner Jeff Smith's marvellous run in France this year.

Empoli should appreciate the slight drop in class after struggling in the Coronation Cup and the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

 
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