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Maurice de Gheest number seven for Freddy Head

06 August 2018

Twenty runners lined up for the Prix Maurice de Gheest over 1300m (6½f) at Deauville on Sunday, but at the business end the cavalry charge had been reduced to a match.
And what a match it was, as Maxime Guyon conjured a withering late run from second-favourite Polydream – who still had two lengths to find entering the final furlong - to haul back the Frankie Dettori-ridden James Garfield to win going away by half a length.

It was a brave effort to make all by George Scott’s Greenham-winner, however in the end he had no answer to the irresistible surge from Freddy Head’s daughter of Oasis Dream, who was landing her first Group One.

The Tin Man made good late headway to take third - two and a half lengths further back - followed by Librisa Breeze and the favourite City Light.

Guyon was understandably delighted with Polydream: "She showed a lot of class as a two-year-old but picked up a small problem in the Prix Marcel Boussac (where she was runner-up to recent Goodwood-winner Wild Illusion). She’s over that now – as today’s performance proves. She’s probably best over this distance as the races are run at a high tempo and there’s a rhythm right from the start."

Freddy Head loves this contest having also trained both of the joint-record holders for the race - with three wins apiece - namely Marchand d'Or (2006, 2007, 2008) and Moonlight Cloud (2011, 2012, 2013).
Picture: Polydream winning the Maurice de Gheest ahead of James Garfield