Brando chases further Maurice de Gheest glory
03 August 2018
After being whittled down to half the number of runners at the first forfeit stage, Sunday’s Prix Maurice de Gheest will nonetheless see a good-sized field take to Deauville for the Gr.1, 1300m (6½f) contest.
Aidan O’Brien has not won this race since 2001 but will be represented by recent July Cup third Fleet Review, who should take well to Normandy conditions, and Intelligence Cross and Actress who have not been as productive this season. Last year’s winner, Brando, beat the former at Newmarket and may well have his measure once again.
Stéphane Wattel’s City Light has been superb this year and given how well he acquitted himself in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, will be one of the main attractions this weekend. Dual Gr.1 winner, The Tin Man was no more than a length away that day and can also be assured significant support. For his part, Sands Of Mali was surprisingly below-par but can make amends on his first appearance on the other side of the Channel.
Freddy Head, who won the Maurice de Gheest three years in a succession with Marchand D’Or, will be represented by Gr.3 Prix du Palais-Royal winner Polydream, and Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Efaadah. André Fabre’s Inns Of Court ran second in the Palais-Royal before flying up in a Maisons-Laffitte Group 3 and will have also his supporters. Others of note include Wootton, James Garfield and Coeur De Beauté.
Picture: 2017 Maurice de Gheest winner Brando
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