VARIAN FILLY THE ‘REAL’ DEAL IN FRENCH QUALIFIER
Roger Varian’s classy filly REALTRA looks the pick of the British raiders in Wednesday’s Listed Prix Miss Satamixa at Deauville (2.35) – a Fast Track Qualifier for Good Friday’s £150,000 Fillies’ and Mares’ Final at Lingfield Park.
The four-year-old daughter of Dark Angel has never raced on an artificial surface but has the class to make a successful transition, as she proved when landing the Group 3 Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster in September.
Rated 109, she then ran better than her fifth placing suggests when finishing strongly to get within three lengths of Esoterique in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes on her latest start.
Realtra has shown the versatility to handle a variety of tracks through her distinguished career and, with a fair draw in her favour, promises to be ideally suited by the 7.5f trip in the hands of top international jockey Christophe Soumillon.
Last season’s Fillies and Mares heroine Volunteer Point has never won at this level in eight attempts and has work to do to match Realtra on these terms, but still has plenty in her favour. Mick Channon’s star bounced right back to form when winning another Fast Track feature at Wolverhampton at the end of November but could finish only fourth in this race 12 months ago.
Another British contender is Havre De Paix, a close fourth in Listed company at Chantilly in October for David Menuisier, and could surprise a few. She won her only other start on sand when taking a Chelmsford maiden in March and remains open to improvement.
Sir Mark Prescott’s Seychelloise, who has won four times on sand and has progressed to a mark of 93, also stands her ground. She ran another honest race behind smart Polytrack performer Alfred Hutchinson at Lingfield last time but may just lack the class to beat some classy fillies in this grade.
Last year’s winner Caointiorn – also second in this in 2014 to subsequent Good Friday winner Fresles - returns following a light campaign and is entitled to be in the mix once again. She showed she retains all her verve when a close second in Group company on turf at Deauville in the autumn.
Another notable home challenger is former James Tate inmate Mukaabra, a multiple winner on the All-Weather in Britain who changed hands for 175,000gns at the Autumn Sales. Now with Fabrice Chappet, she is another with work to do at the ratings but could be progressive enough to make light work of her mark of 92.
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