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Friday, 16 November, 2018

Charlie Appleby looking to enjoy another Glorious Journey to Deauville

Charlie Appleby after Al Hilalee's win at Deauville on Saturday
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The classiest race of the day takes place at the start of business, as five line up for the Group 3 Prix Daphnis (12.10) over a mile at Deauville.  

Charlie Appleby has had four winners from nine runners at the track this summer and is looking to continue his good run at the Normandy venue with Glorious Journey and First Contact. 

"I don’t think there is much between the pair and this race should provide a good opportunity for one of them to gain a Group 3 victory," said Appleby, who has saddled four winners from nine runners at the month-long meeting. 

"First Contact was just touched off in a Listed race at Deauville last time so he has some course experience. It was a good performance from Glorious Journey at Goodwood last time, where he saw out the race well."

On his final start as a juvenile in September, when trainer by Robyn Brisland, Zyzzyva chased home Stage Magic and French 2,000 Guineas winner Olmedo at Chantilly.

"His two-year-old form is good and he has been working nicely," said Roger Varian. "This is his first run off a layoff and I think it's quite a tough ask, but I'd be hopeful of a good run."

Stephane Wattel sends one-time Classic hope Sacred Life back into bat just 12 days after a successful comeback at this track.

"British trainers would never worry about doing it, whereas we tend to be very conservative in France and from time to time you have to try these things," said Wattel. "He's come out of his race in perfect condition and I think he's capable of taking two quick races."

Light bidding to shine at Hamilton

The BB Foodservice Scottish Trophy Handicap (2.50) at Hamilton is more competitive as a betting medium.

Fifteen will tackle the extended 1m1f, with Royal Shaheen on a hat-trick and three of his rivals – Rock N Rolla, Glasses Up and Delph Crescent – looking to make it three wins from their last four starts.

Iain Jardine has been frustrated by firm ground since Falmouth Light made a winning start for him at Doncaster in June.  

"We’re not too far away from Hamilton and we’ve had a bit of rain," said Jardine. 

"I’ve had him entered up a couple of times, but the ground was just too quick. He won well at Doncaster for us and it was soft ground that day. He doesn’t need it bottomless, he just wants it sensible and not too firm.

"The trip should suit him fine, there looks to be plenty of pace and he's been working nicely."

A walk on the Wild side

The five runners in Yarmouth's John Kemp 4 X 4 Centre Of Norwich Fillies' Novice Stakes (5.20) have a hard act to follow, given last year's first and second were subsequent dual Group 1 winner Wild Illusion and Musidora heroine Give And Take. 

Wild Illusion won the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac just two starts after making a winning debut at Yarmouth

Of the two fillies with racecourse experience, Queen Constantine could arguably have finished closer to the well-regarded Ceratonia at Ascot with a clearer run. 

Dinastia is an intriguing newcomer, being by Lawman out of a half-sister to a three-time Grade 1 winner in the US, while trainer Archie Watson has a 30 per cent-plus strike-rate with his two-year-olds this season. 

Doyle and O’Keeffe out to make hay with Ashjan

Sean O’Keeffe enjoyed a red-letter day at Tramore on Friday with his first success in the paid ranks on Liz Doyle’s Ashjan in the 2m5f handicap hurdle.

Doyle is attempting to make hay with Ashjan at Sligo, and will be hoping the gelding can handle the quick turnaround when taking a drop in grade in the 2m5f handicap hurdle (6.40).

She said: “It’s not that we have a lot in hand, but we have a healthy horse dropping down in grade. I know we have a lot of weight, but I’m just chancing running in an 80-95, as he’s in good form.

"It’s his last chance to run in a race like this for a while so we’re just giving it a go."

On O’Keeffe, Doyle added: “Sean is a very good lad. He’s very bright and for somebody with limited experience he reads races very well.

"He does weight nice and easy and I think he’s extreme value for 7lb at the minute. With more experience I think he can go a long way.”

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British trainers would never worry about doing it whereas we tend to be very conservative in France and from time to time you have to try these things
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