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Deauville

  • 14:40 Prix Morny 5f 212y

  • (Group 1) €350,000 added 2yo 7 ran
  • Winner €200,235 2nd €75,740 3rd €37,625 4th €17,220
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:41:22

Full result

14:40 Deauville Result 21st August 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (5) Dabirsim (FR) 8-13 L Dettori C Ferland 2 5/2
opened 5/2 touched 5/2
2nd (6) 3 Family One (FR) 8-13 I Mendizabal Y barberot 2 3/1
opened 3/1 touched 3/1
3rd (1) 1 Vladimir (IRE) 8-13 M Guyon M Delcher Sanchez 2 16/1
opened 20/1 touched 20/1
NR (2) Eden's Drift 8-13 C Soumillon M Delzangles 2
Also Ran: Gatepost (IRE) , Frederick Engels , Sofast (FR) , Dont Teutch (FR)

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £2.40 Tote Place: £1.10,1.20
Straight Forecast: £10.08 Exacta: £5.20

Verdict

A very taking performance from DABIRSIM, although with hot-favourite (in Britain at least) Frederick Engels running poorly, the form, for Group 1 level, may be questionable. Having said that this was an effortless victory, and one which makes him a fascinating horse for next season as well as the rest of this. Frankie Dettori (an eye-catching jockey booking in a race sponsored by Sheikh Mohammed's Darley operation) had him settled in midfield as Family One set an honest pace. He was still travelling well as main rival Frederick Engels came firmly off the bridle, and Dettori angled him to the starboard side of the leader with 300 yards to run. As soon as he drew level, and he was asked a question by his jockey, the son of Hat Trick quickened very nicely and soon put the race to bed. He was still going on again at the finish, and that trait, along with a real mile+ pedigree, suggests that the Guienas distance will be no problem at all. Whether he is worth backing for the English Guineas at this stage is debatable; if he stays with his current yard then the French version would be a more likely option, especially as he is yet to encounter quick ground. Runner-up Family One ran a cracker, despite being ridden more aggressively than his previous starts. He was brightly away and raced with enthusiasm in the lead. Only the winner travelled stronger with two furlongs to run, and he still gave his all when challenged with a furlong to go. He blatantly bumped into a better horse here, but looks a good yardstick for the race, and it would be no surprise to see him win at the top level before the season is out. Third home, staying on late in the day, was Vladimir. He was taking a big step up in class and ran well without ever threatening the first two, whilst Sofast tried to go with the winner when he made his challenge but ultimately paid for that effort. He was only having his second start and performed with real credit. His dam won on heavy ground and it would be no surprise to see him add to his tally when his sights are lowered slightly on softer going. The obvious disappointments were Frederick Engels and Gatepost. The latter had run fairly well in the Phoenix Stakes when seventh, but the story of the race was David Brown's Windsor Castle winner who was almost put through the rail before finishing full of running. Here he broke better, and was settled into a nice rhythm just behind the leader. However he never looked like picking up Family One, and when he came under pressure the response was very limited and he was soon swallowed up by the chasing pack. He wasn't given too hard a time once his chance had gone and it will be interesting to see what excuses come to light. It's certainly feasible that the ground was slower than ideal, or that it came too soon after the Curragh, but he now has something to prove, especially at the top level.