France: Avenir Certain gears up for Arc bid at Deauville

Gregory Benoist celebrates on Avenir Certain

Avenir Certain: 16-1 Arc hope faces a strong British and Irish challenge

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Preview: France, Tuesday (1.20pm BST)

Deauville: Shadwell Prix de la Nonette (Group 2) 1m2f, 3yo fillies

WHILE a strong challenge arrives from Britain and Ireland, all eyes will be on the unbeaten Avenir Certain ahead of what could be a pivotal week for the fillies being aimed at the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The dual Classic heroine is running here rather than travelling up to Paris from Jean-Claude Rouget’s south-western base in Pau for the Prix Vermeille, just three weeks before the Arc itself.

Currently trading at 16-1 for Europe’s middle-distance highlight, Avenir Certain will be followed by her contemporaries and fellow Arc contenders Taghrooda and Harp Star before the week is out.

Rouget said: “She is in good form and has been working as she always does on her own in the mornings. She relaxes well which helps her stay whatever the trip.”

Alain de Royer-Dupre was forced to reroute Vazira to this race after inheriting the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary.

Following Zarshana’s success in the Prix Minerve on Sunday he said: “Vazira is very well and has been working nicely with this filly.”

Be My Gal was a course and distance winner last time in a Group 3, and Roger Charlton thinks the slower ground will not pose a problem.

The trainer said: “We have the services of Frankie Dettori again and I feel a bit of ease in the ground will suit her better than the slightly quicker ground we had last time. It’s a definite jump up in grade, we’re taking on a dual Classic winner but Be My Gal is training well, travelled over well and I’m hoping she’ll r un well.”

Madame Chiang was due run for David Simcock, but the trainer on Monday confirmed the Musidora winner would miss out due to the ground. He said: “She doesn’t run, the ground is too inconsistent.”

Maid Of The Glens outran her odds when sixth in the Irish Oaks, and she takes her chance for Irish trainer Pat Shanahan.


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