• Fri 20 Oct, 2017
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Paul’s French Fancy

Paul Ferguson has a little trip to France to kick things off this week; he goes for Golden Lilac in the Deauville 2.20. Compare odds and bet.

Monday’s domestic action is pretty run of the mill, but the same can’t be said of the top quality fair on offer over at Deauville, where the brilliant Goldikova bids for a remarkable 15th win at the top level in the Prix Du Jacques Marois.

The mare was beaten in this contest on testing ground last year, however, and she will again find the conditions against her today. At a much bigger price I could see Planteur going well, but the drop in trip is a concern, so I’m heading to the Group 2 Prix Guillaume D’Ornano for the day’s selection.

Golden Lilac (2:20) looked a top-class filly when winning the French 1,000 Guineas and did us a favour when backing that up in the Prix De Diane, at the main expense of one of today’s rivals Galikova.

Andre Fabre’s unbeaten daughter of Galileo takes on the boys here, but the main worry is that the heavy ground will blunt her tremendous turn of foot. She has won on ground described as very soft, however, and it is worth taking a chance on her as she really does look like a filly out of the top drawer.

Monday’s selection:
Deauville 2:20 Golden Lilac


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