Mark Johnston: "She's improving won with plenty in hand last time"PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
Johnston aims for more joy with Baileys Jubilee
Preview: France, Sunday (1.00pm BST)
Deauville: Prix de Cabourg (Group 3) 6f, 2yo
MARK JOHNSTON and Ioritz Mendizabal struck on the first day of Deauville's meeting on Saturday when Discernable landed the Listed Six Perfections and the duo will be aiming to repeat the trick with Baileys Jubilee, already a winner in France at Vichy 12 days ago.
"Ioritz is riding her again and they got on well last time," said Johnston. "It should be a step up in class because it wasn't the strongest field in Vichy last time, but she's improving, settles better and won with plenty in hand."
Dabirsim won this Prix Morny trial 12 months ago, providing Christophe Ferland with a first Group winner.
The stable is represented this year by You're Golden (Julien Auge) but it is another emerging trainer, Francis Graffard, who will be hoping that Pearl Flute (Christophe Lemaire) can mark a similar milestone in his developing career.
As the name suggests, the Piccolo colt represents Sheikh Fahad's Pearl Bloodstock.
Christophe Lemaire: rides Pearl Flute for Francis GraffardPICTURE: Mark Cranham
A comfortable winner of the Prix Yacowlef on debut (an almost unique contest in that it is a Listed race reserved for unraced two-year-olds), Pearl Flute was described by Graffard after that success as a "serious" horse in his work at home.
Graffard is enjoying plenty of success with his juveniles in his first full season with a licence and compares Pearl Flute favourably with the Group-placed To My Valentine, who finished fifth in the Prix Robert Papin last Sunday.
"I've never worked them together," he said at Chantilly on Friday. "He and To My Valentine would be similar types of horses but Pearl Flute seems to have a bit more class."
Mazameer (Freddy Head/Thierry Jarnet) comes from a yard whose juveniles traditionally do well at the meeting but has two lengths to find with Wild Horse (Jean-Claude Rouget/Christophe Soumillon) on their soft-ground meeting at the track at the beginning of the month.