Strong raiding party out to capture rare Cabourg success
Darley Prix de Cabourg (Group 3) | 2yo | 6f
Group races for two-year-olds throughout the Deauville meeting are frequently a benefit for visiting British and Irish trainers, but the Prix de Cabourg has remained stubbornly immune to the efforts of the raiders.
In a race which has featured future Group 1 winners Silver Frost, Dabirsim and Ervedya during the course of the last ten years, only the David Brown-trained My Catch has breached the French defences.
With four of the six runners trained across the Channel, the chances of that trend being reversed are numerically strong, with three of the quartet having already posted a Racing Post Rating in excess of 100.
Karl Burke runs dual winner Comedy, whose most recent victim, Star Terms, boosted the form when winning at Newbury last week.
"We’re punting a little bit but she improved from Pontefract to Doncaster, where she broke the track record," said Burke. "She's pacey, she's got ability and we’re very happy with her."
Richard Fahey's runners in France have a fine record and Kodyanna got back to winning ways in a York nursery after failing to make much of an impression in the Queen Mary.
Glory Fighter found the Norfolk a bit hot and Charlie Hills will hope he can bounce back to the form of his previous Lingfield success, while Simon Crisford has already tested the waters in France with Double Kodiac, winner of a maiden at Maisons-Laffitte.
Of the French-based runners, Wind Test should not be underestimated, although not many will be well acquainted with his Italian-born trainer Attilio Giorgi.
Alex Pantall runs We Go, a strapping son of No Nay Never, and said: "He's developing well and is a strong individual. The question is whether he has the raw speed to compete with the British runners, but he's in good form."
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