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Deauville

  • 14:45 Prix Maurice De Gheest Goldlikova Stakes 6f 101y

  • (Group 1) €250,000 added 3yo+ 13 ran
  • Winner €143,025 2nd €54,100 3rd €26,875 4th €12,299
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:46:23

Full result

14:45 Deauville Result 7th August 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (12) Moonlight Cloud 8-8 T Jarnet F Head 3 9/1
opened 9/1 touched 9/1
2nd (5) 4 Society Rock (IRE) 9-2 Mr P J Cosgrave J R Fanshawe 4 7/1
opened 7/1 touched 7/1
3rd (4) nk Marchand D'or (FR) 9-2 D Bonilla M Delzangles 8 33/1
opened 33/1 touched 33/1
4th (11) Genki (IRE) 9-2 G Baker R Charlton 7 25/1
opened 25/1 touched 25/1
Also Ran: Markab , Smooth Operator (GER) , Evaporation (FR) , Havane Smoker , Dream Ahead (USA) , Wootton Bassett , Zoffany (IRE) , Libranno , Split Trois (FR)

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £9.30 Tote Place: £2.90,4.70,3.80
Straight Forecast: £69.32 Exacta: £92.60

Verdict

Vindication of the high opinion in which Freddie Head has always held MOONLIGHT CLOUD came with this emphatic performance although the below-par run from the red-hot favourite Dream Ahead does detract from the form. Moonlight Cloud had been a leading fancy for the Guineas at Newmarket only to spend an awful long time in the stalls to the anger of her connections. She had since proved that that was not her running with a good second to Sahpresa before winning a seven furlong Group Three at Longchamp and she showed plenty of pace over this slightly shorter trip. Held-up towards the rear of the field on the outside of the pack, she made smooth progress on the outside of Zoffany and quickened impressively to record a commanding success. The Prix de la Foret is an obvious objective for later in the season where she could be set for a fascinating clash with Goldikova although connections said they had no immediate plans for her. Society Rock's best two performances have come in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot but this run was right up there with the best of his form. He got a nice tow through the race from Wootton Bassett before emerging to make his challenge inside the final furlong and kept on well but he lacked the turn of foot of the winner. This was only the twelfth start of his career and he should continue to be a factor in the top sprints across Europe with this run helping to prove his versatility with regard to underfoot conditions. The minor places were fought out between a couple of veteran performers in Genki and Marchand d'Or albeit that their careers have been heading in different directions of late. It was last year's Abbaye fourth who ran his best race of the season - racing alone on the stands' side rail as is his preferred option - who just edged out Roger Charlton's charge who is in the form of his career. Wootton Bassett kept on at the one pace to run his best race of the season but lacked the pace of the principals; he doesn't appear to have the speed to contest the top sprints but this was much more encouraging and will have pleased connections. Dream Ahead had looked a potential top-class performer in the July Cup but he was never travelling with his usual ease and zest and looked in trouble from a long way out; this was not his running. Zoffany had finished runner-up over a mile on his last two starts but looked well worth a return to this shorter trip; he raced prominently towards the centre of the course but was soon found wanting and was eased right down when his chance had gone. It could be that he now needs further than this but the suspicion is that he wasn't at his best. Libranno has proved to be a tough and consistent performer this season - albeit one that isn't quite up to this class - but he was another to drop out tamely having adopted his usual position towards the front of the pack.