Prix ​​Maurice de Gheest: James Doyle confident of the great hero ride Royal Ascot Naval Crown | racing news

James Doyle believes Naval Crown’s versatility will make it useful ahead of the Prix Maurice de Gheest in Deauville on Sunday.

A 33-1 Platinum Jubilee winner at Royal Ascot by best-trained teammate Charlie Appleby Creative Force, he proved it wasn’t a fluke when he was a clear second at Alcohol Free in the July Cup.

Having finished fourth in 2000 Guineas last year, the six and a half stage trip shouldn’t be a problem and this weekend is set to become a favorite.

“He entered Ascot as an underdog at a high price, but he backed the July Cup, as we thought,” Doyle said.

“I can’t wait. The away match shouldn’t be a problem as he was fourth in Guinea and second in the jersey, so he has that versatility.

“Even on the ground it is versatile: it has just been beaten with a jersey on heavy ground, but it also has two first-class performances on fast ground.

“It’s always hard to know what terrain you’ll get to France until you get there, but it seems like a pretty decent prediction so it should be sorted out.”

Owen Burrows’ Minzaal finally kept his youthful promise when he won the Hackwood Stakes from Go Bears Go, his first win since Gimcrack in 2020.

Alcohol Free (right) trumps Naval Crown to win the July Cup
Alcohol Free (right) trumps Naval Crown to win the July Cup

“He came out of Newbury great. You would still have another month before the Group One race at Haydock, so that fits well. In the end he was very strong in Newbury, so I don’t think the extra half theft is going to get in his way.” Burrows said.

“As with any Group One it is a very strong race, but fingers crossed it can be competitive. He was ranked in Group One in second place and in Group One in third place, so it would be nice if he could get his head in front for one. “

Clive Cox sends the rapidly improving Harry Three to France but is well aware that this represents a huge leap in quality compared to a publicly traded race he won in Deauville last time.

“It is progressing quickly, but this is a huge step towards the top level of a public tender,” Cox said.

Minzaal (blue and white, center) defeats Go Bears Go (purple, left) in Newbury
Minzaal (blue and white, center) defeats Go Bears Go (purple, left) in Newbury

“But he’s full of confidence and has shown solid form on the track. He traveled and arrived early and the trip went well, which I’m happy with, given the complications that can arise right now.

“He’s been to France before, so hopefully that’s one less thing to worry about. He’s growing all the time and getting more experienced, but that’s a huge step forward, I think he deserves it, though.

“This is an extra half theft but I hope it doesn’t worry him. It’s another circumstance but in the meantime I don’t think it gives us any worries”.

The extra distance should fit Perfect Power

Richard Fahey’s Perfect Power has never been involved in the July Cup, but the time before he was a truly impressive winner of the Commonwealth Cup and the North Yorkshire manager is hoping the extra half of a furlong fits.

“From Christophe [Soumillon] I started riding him, I leave him the tactic, I’m sure he’ll be fine to fix it, “Fahey told Sky Sports Racing.

“I feel like he’s a horse that likes to get in and out of the rhythm, but everyone knows you can’t do it in Newmarket. He just never entered the race and Christophe more or less accepted it.

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Perfect Power runs in the Prix Maurice De Gheest on Sunday

“He was further behind than even Christophe wanted him to be and it just didn’t happen. It was one of those races that wasn’t handled to fit and to be honest, he recovered quickly because he didn’t have a tough race. draw a line through it.

“The trip will go well, he won out of seven and with his hand on his heart, I would say that seven is his best trip”.

Artorius, coached by Sam and Anthony Freedman in Australia, extended his European outing due to the extra distance of this race by finishing strong in third place in both the Platinum Jubilee and July Cup.

“He did really well out of racing at Newmarket,” Sam Freedman told

“It looks like a good race for him, we hope the track is suitable, they do a lot of races on the surface of Deauville this time of year but he is keeping his shape, we didn’t have to do much with him, he is very fit. it should be a suitable trip.

“I think everyone can agree in some way, if a lot of the races he raced in were 100 meters ahead, he probably comes very close in many of them. We still want a good pace, but hopefully it’s not relentless for everything. the path and maybe he can just take a lesson behind them and show a good ending and be in touch with them. “

John Quinn’s Highfield Princess, David Evans’ Rohaan, and Charlie Hills-trained Garrus also make the trip.