France: Morrison has Daisy primed for bold show

Marsh Daisy

Marsh Daisy: has been primed for the Prix Minerve after running in Oaks

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Preview: France, Sunday (2.40pm BST)

Deauville: Prix Minerve (Group 3) 1m4½f, 3yo fillies

MARSH DAISY and Honor Bound were unable to make a major impression in the Oaks, finishing 13th and 16th behind Taghrooda, but they seek compensation in the Group 3 Prix Minerve on Sunday.

Hughie Morrison has given Marsh Daisy time to recover while waiting for her favoured soft ground.

“I don’t think we would have been missing any opportunities if we had tried to run her, so we gave her a month off and trained her for this,” he said. “I hope she’ll be straight enough after her break.”

Ralph Beckett tried Honor Bound up in trip in the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket and was encouraged by the daughter of Authorized’s effort when fourth to Hartnell.

“I thought she probably ran her best race at Newmarket and then the quick ground last time at Goodwood didn’t suit her,” said Beckett.

The principal opposition could be provided by the Aga Khan’s Zarshana, who lost her maiden status last time in the Listed Prix de Thiberville.

Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre said: “She has been consistent and is arguably progressing but, like a lot of Sea The Stars’ progeny, although she goes on soft ground she is much better on a sound surface.”


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