Surfing The Sand

Our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft previews the latest Fast Track Qualifier in France on Wednesday, with a guaranteed place on offer for the Easter Classic.

  • Wednesday 25 November
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ROMANCIERE brings some high quality form to the party in France’s Fast Track Qualifier for the Middle Distance Championship at Deauville on Wednesday, the Listed Prix Lyphard (12.50).

Andre Fabre’s four-year-old was beaten just over four lengths in the Group One Prix Jean Romanet over 1m2f on turf at this venue in August when she attempted to make most of the running.

Since finishing behind James Fanshawe’s subsequent Breeders' Cup heroine Audarya that day, the daughter of Dansili has gone close in the Listed Grand Prix de Fontainbleau and should be at home on this Polytrack surface.

She is a half-sister to a smart All-Weather winner and looks too strong for British raiders Winter Reprise and Teston. The former, trained by David Menuisier, scored in heavy ground at Chantilly after returning from a gelding operation but struggled in this grade last time and also steps onto Polytrack for the first time.

Teston – rated 10lb superior on a mark of 99 - does at least have winning form to call upon, having won in the provinces as a two-year-old for Pascal Bary. Since joining Furtado last autumn he has won over 1m at Doncaster and finished a close second in Listed company at Nantes.

What’s more, he was placed over this 9.5f in October 2018 and looks ready for this step back up in trip with top jockey Cristian Demuro in the plate.

Bary saddles one of the key home contenders in Bugle Major, who is lightly raced for a five-year-old but returned from a break to get within a neck of winning a 9f conditions event on Polytrack at Chantilly earlier this month.

He was behind Mickael Barzalona’s mount Villa Rosa in a Group 3 at Longchamp prior to that but promises to be better suited by this sounder surface and can turn the tables on a reliable mare who has proven herself in Pattern company but hasn’t won this year.

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