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Deauville is a horse who relishes quick ground and has rarely disappointed on his favoured surface over a variety of trips.
As a two-year-old, in 2015, he won two of his four races and was runner-up in the Royal Lodge. The following year he emerged as an Investec Derby contender after finishing runner-up in the Dante but the softish ground at Epsom did not suit him and he failed to make an impact.
It was a different story in the Belmont Derby on his next start when, partnered by Jamie Spencer, he hit the front late on and held on to the Grade 1 prize.
He got back to winning ways in the Huxley Stakes at Chester in May 2017 and then, the following month, dropped back to a mile, ran a cracker to be third to Ribchester in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot after being supplemented.
Dr Jim Hay, part-owner of Deauville, said: “That was a fantastic run. He is a very flexible horse; probably nine furlongs is his perfect distance. But he needs it like today – he needs firm going, and he doesn’t get it very often. No doubt Aidan [O’Brien] and the rest of the lads will have a chat and work out where to go next.”
Deauville was dropping back in trip after finishing third in the 10-furlong Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh last time out.
There was a stewards’ enquiry into the placing of the second and third horses, but the result remained unaltered.
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