Valloria won a 7 1/2 Furlong maiden on the All-Weather at Deauville in good style, quickening away in the straight. Although Valloria benefitted from being wide in the straight, which is a definite advantage at the moment on the All-weather loop, she came away nicely from the field and the time was very good, which would suggest she is above average.
Jean-Claude Rouget has an embarrassment of riches this season, especially in the Classic Generation, as Tawkeel showed with her gutsy win in the Prix De La Nonette. However, for me the highlight of Saturdays card was Makaloun, from the same stable. Makaloun landed the Listed L’Elevage Stakes over 1 mile. This son of Bated Breath is now 3 from 3 in his career and has progressed nicely following wins at Toulouse and Mont de Marsan. In time, he looks like he will get further than a mile, though that may be his limit at 2. Makaloun travelled superbly on Saturday for Christophe Soumillon, who opted to bring him wide in the back straight on search of better ground. He was the last off the bridle and travelled extremely well in the testing conditions, staying well to hold off the late rally of Euphoria, who is decent horse in its own right. A step up into Group races is now on the card, with the Lagardere on Arc weekend an obvious option.
MON BEL CANTO
Also trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, Mon Bel Canto made light work of a conditions race at Clairefontaine on Friday. This son of The Wow Signal has won both starts and quickened away nicely on Friday under hands n’ heels. What he beat is very debatable, but I could not help but be impressed by the way he came past the field in the home straight.