Seeharn aims to go one better at Deauville
Preview: France, Friday (12.50pm GMT)
Deauville: Prix Miss Satamixa (Listed) 7½f, 4yo+ f&m, AW
SEEHARN (Kevin Prendergast/Chris Hayes) looks to have plenty in her favour as she bids to reverse a head defeat to Lady Meydan (Francois Rohaut/Francois-Xavier Bertras) at Saint-Cloud in November.
Bad weather, however, has interrupted Prendergast's travel arrangements for the Pivotal filly.
"We had a little hiccup with the weather and she was unable to travel last night due to the high winds," said Prendergast on Wednesday.
"She stayed in Lingfield and got away this morning but it's not a help getting there a day and a half late and she wasn't helped with her draw from stall 14 either."
The positive news for Seeharn's supporters is the 6lb pull she will enjoy with Lady Meydan from their November meeting on soft ground.
"She ran a good race in France six weeks ago giving 4lb to a good filly and she seems well since," added Prendergast. "It's her first run on the dirt and hopefully she'll handle it."
There were no reported travel problems for the three British-trained challengers among the 16-runner race, which is restricted to fillies and mares who did not win at Group level in 2011.
Libys Dream (Tom Dascombe/Richard Kingscote) was in excellent heart before Christmas, rising 12lb for a pair of wins at Wolverhampton in December.
Requisite (Ian Wood/Julien Auge) was even busier at the end of the year, running seven times on the all-weather over 5f, 6f and 7f in November and December.
Wood will be bidding farewell to Requisite as she embarks on a career at stud after the race.
"She's been running consistently, albeit at a slightly lower level, but she's a hold-up horse and it might just suit her," he said.
Perhaps the most interesting of the trio is Night Lily (Paul D'Arcy/Ioritz Mendizabal), who went agonisingly close when finishing fast in two of her last four starts, including a nose defeat to the progressive Clinical in a Dundalk Listed race.
"There aren't many of these types of races about for a mare of her age [six]," said D'Arcy. "She's going there to win, although another place wouldn't be so bad."
Among the home defence, Kya One (Yves de Nicolay/Pierre-Charles Boudot) finished third at Group 3 level when last seen in September, while Alchimia (Pascal Bary/Franck Blondel) showed some promise on three starts in France having proved well above the local average when racedin Morocco.