Charlie Appleby is looking forward to seeing Hadith make her belated reappearance in the Shadwell Prix de la Nonette at Deauville on Saturday.
The daughter of New Approach won twice at the backend of her juvenile campaign, but has not been seen on a racecourse since the latter of those victories in the Listed Montrose Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket last November.
She faces no easy task on her return to action, taking on seven rivals at Group Two level, but Appleby is hoping for a positive performance to set her up for a profitable end to the season.
He said: “She hasn’t run since she won the Montrose as a two-year-old, but she’s a filly we’ve always liked.
“She had a small setback in the spring and we said we’d save her for an autumn campaign.
“Her preparation has gone well and I hope she’ll be competitive, but whatever she does, I’m sure she’ll improve from it.”
Hadith is one of two Godolphin representatives along with Andre Fabre’s Musis Amica, who makes her first start since being narrowly denied by the Karl Burke-trained Laurens in the French Oaks.
Give And Take and Mrs Sippy, trained by William Haggas and David Simcock respectively, also travel from Britain for the 10-furlong contest.
It promises to be a big afternoon for Appleby, with the Newmarket-based trainer also saddling Al Hilalee and Beyond Reason in France.
Al Hilalee made a huge impression on his Newmarket debut and steps up to Listed class for the Criterium du Fonds Europeen de l’Elevage.
Tom Dascombe’s dual winner Great Scot, Paul Cole’s Duke Of Hazzard, the Mick Channon-trained Certain Lad and Julius Limbani from Archie Watson’s yard also feature in a nine-strong field.
Appleby added: “I think Al Hilalee won on raw ability at Newmarket as he was very green that day.
“Mentally he’s come forward since then and I think the step up to a mile will suit him.
“I think he’s a middle-distance horse for next year really. He’s got a stout pedigree.”
Beyond Reason is the only British-trained representative in the Group Two Shadwell Prix du Calvados.
The daughter of Australia returns to Deauville three weeks after edging a Group Three over the course and distance.
“She is a course and distance winner, obviously. I think she’s got to step up again to win on Saturday, but we feel that she has,” said Appleby.
“She’s a very nice, straightforward filly and if she can just raise her game a notch, then she should be bang there.”