Will a British trained horse win the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville this afternoon? No Nay Never?
Six of the eleven Prix Morny runners will have made their way across the English Channel to take part in the Group One contest. Five British trained and one American guest – No Nay Never. No Nay Never was an impressive Royal Ascot winner and his trainer Wesley Ward is confident another bold show this afternoon in France.
Beyond the French favourite Vorda, No Nay Never will face stiff competition from a field of British Stars. Clive Brittian’s Rizeena has always been highly thought of but disappointed when being beaten in the Cherry Hinton at Newmarket. The veteran trainer believes that she is good enough to bounce back from that to winning ways. Significantly Ryan Moore has made the trans-atlantic dash back from Arlington to take the ride.
Brown Sugar, Anticipated and Figure Of Speech come to the race off Glorious Goodwood runs. The Hannon pair Brown Sugar and Anticipated are closely matched on their run in the Molecomb Stakes where Brown Sugar just came out on top. Godolphin’s Figure Of Speech had a luckless and lacklustre run in the Richmond Stakes and may fair better today. He obviously has talent and is highly regarded by connections.
The other Group One on the card the Prix Jean Romanet looks the shadow of what such a contest should be. Perhaps the age restriction and is proximity to the Yorkshire Oaks has not helped the depth of the field.
Later in the afternoon Joshua Tree will look to retain his title in the Prix Kergolay, which he won last year. Both the Ascot Gold Cup third Top Trip and Sandown winner Gloomy Sunday stand in the way of a follow up success for the Ed Dunlop trained six-year-old.
(Featured Photograph – Brown Sugar in the Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood by Stuart Rice)