Dastarhon hoping to go from last to first
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Deauville: Prix Quincey (Group 3) 1m [straight], 3yo+
DASTARHON (Pia Brandt/Umberto Rispoli) ran no race to finish last after being bumped at the start in the Prix du Jockey Club, which was scant reward after connections had paid €60,000 to supplement the son of Dansili.
Previously he had finished between Style Vendome and Intello when second in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains and, even allowing for his absence since early June, Dastarhon represents a danger to all with the weight-for-age allowance.
"He's very well and I expect him to be very competitive," said Brandt, who has also supplemented the lightly-raced High Spirit (Gregory Benoist).
"I didn't have too many choices of race for High Spirit and he came out of his win here well," she added.
Belgian Bill (George Baker/Gerald Mosse) and Fire Ship (William Knight/Neil Callan) have both forced their way into the Group ranks having performed to a high level in handicaps.
Belgian Bill enjoyed his finest hour when landing the Royal Hunt Cup in June, before being drawn on completely the wrong side of the track in the Bunbury Cup.
Fire Ship won the Listed Pomfret Stakes at Pontefract before finishing a fine fifth in Goodwood's Betfred Mile.
"He seems to be steadily improving and his last two runs have probably been his best two, while I'm also pleased Neil can get over to ride him." reasoned Knight, before adding: "I hope they've had enough rain, he needs to get his toe in."
Course officials were predicting good to soft conditions on Saturday although the outlook remains unsettled.
Deauville: Prix de Meautry (Group 3) 6f, 3yo+
PETER MAKIN will be hoping that third time is a charm for Morache Music (Pierre-Charles Boudot) at Deauville, after the son of Sleeping Indian improved on a fifth place in this race two seasons ago when flying home late for third in the Prix Ris-Oranjis here at the end of June.
Speaking from the course on Saturday Makin said: "A lot of them finished behind us in the Ris-Oranjis while the ones that finished in front have since finished down the field in the Maurice de Gheest. We've got a fresh horse, I could just do with a bit more rain before tomorrow."
Clive Cox will also be travelling with plenty of hope in the chances of Place In My Heart, who teams up with the stable's favourite Frenchman Gerald Mosse.
Place In My Heart was involved in a blanket finish for the Group 3 Prix Saint-Georges at Longchamp over 5f in May and, a repeat of that performance would give her a solid chance.
Tulips (Andre Fabre/Maxime Guyon) fared best of those to contest the Maurice de Gheest, finishing a short head in front of American Devil with Abu Sidra further back.
On a card when the three-year-olds could have a hand in all three Group races, Mazameer (Freddy Head/Thierry Jarnet) may be the speediest of the younger brigade.