Surfing The Sand

Our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft previews the latest Fast Track Qualifier of All-Weather Championships Season 6, the Listed Prix Lyphard at Deauville on Thursday which offers the winner a guaranteed place in the £200,000 Easter Classic on Good Friday.

  • Tuesday 27 November
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The French dominated last season’s All-Weather Championships Finals Day with three winners and stage their first of three Fast Track Qualifiers for the Good Friday spectacular at Deauville on Thursday.

Among the contenders for the Listed Prix Lyphard (12.47) over 9.5f on the Polytrack is Andre Fabre’s classy TRAIS FLUORS, who returns to the track for the first time since finishing mid-division in the Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois.

Earlier in the year the four-year-old finished a highly encouraging third to subsequent Group 1 hero Recoletos in the Prix d’Ispahan and finished well to overcome a slow start when fifth in the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot in July. Last year, he was beaten little more than a length by future Dubai World Cup winner Thunder Snow in the Prix Jean Prat.

Well drawn in stall 4, this pace stalker brings the most compelling form to the race and remains unexposed on artificial surfaces having finished second at Chantilly on his only previous attempt.

Among his opponents is British raider Walk In The Sun, who hasn’t raced since pulling up in a Listed event at Newmarket back in July and tackles this longer trip for the first time.

Martyn Meade’s Phoenix Thoroughbreds colt won his first two starts on Polytrack earlier this year when trained by Jeremy Noseda and has the potential to make an impact if his stamina holds out. Rob Hornby’s mount is well berthed in stall 3.

Another key contender is Lucky Team, who became one of the three French winners last Good Friday when he smashed the track record in the Mile Final for trainer Joel Boisnard. He hasn’t built on that success in a handful of starts since, mainly over shorter trips, so also has something to prove.

German raider Kronprinz must shoulder a penalty for his Group 3 win at Krefeld in the spring and makes his All-Weather debut. Arc winning trainer Peter Schiergen’s colt didn’t shape badly in another Group 3 at Baden Baden last month on his return from a break and has police claims.

Another German runner to look out for is Andreas Wohler’s four-year-old Rolando, who went close in a Group 3 in Italy in September and is a course and distance winner. Michael Barzalona is an eye-catching booking.

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