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2019 Prix Maurice de Gheest tips – 10/1 chance Le perfect each-way punt on return to French soil

Le Brivido (left) flies home with a wet sail to finish fifth in the Lockinge earlier in the season.

Our expert takes a look through the ante-post betting for Sunday’s Group One feature at Deauville and provides readers with his tips on Sunday 4th August.

A capacity crowd of passionate racegoers will flock to Deauville on Sunday, as the famous French venue hosts the 2019 edition of the Prix Maurice de Gheest. Some of France’s top sprinters have claimed victory in this Group One. British and Irish raiders have enjoyed their fair share of success too, with raiders claiming victory in three of the past five renewals.

Our expert has taken a look through the betting for this year’s Prix Maurice de Gheest and provided readers with a top each-way tip.

2:47pm Deauville Larc Prix Maurice de Gheest (Group 1) (3yo+) (Straight Course) 6½f


Frankie Dettori bids to continue his stunning season with another Group One success on Advertise. Dettori guided Martyn Meade’s charge to victory in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and the pair weren’t disgraced when following the hugely-impressive Ten Sovereigns home in the July Cup. The favourite could be difficult to beat, especially after a kind draw, but I’d much rather take Advertise on with an each-way punt, in a race where market leaders boast a particularly poor record.

One Master is a Group One winner on French soil and should enjoy this trip. Space Blues has enough pace to prosper over sprint distances and Invincible Army is a classy sprinter not to be overlooked. Yet, the history of the race is firmly against all three, after they were drawn in gates two, three and four respectively.

Only two horses in the past 12 years have managed to win from a gate inside stall nine. Horses coming out of double-figured stalls have filled around 50% of the placings in the past decade which is a damning statistic, considering the average number of runners in that time is between 13 and 14.

After a couple of unconvincing efforts over a mile, Pretty Pollyanna looked much more like her old self in the July Cup, staying on gamely to finish just outside the places in fourth. Michael Bell’s filly won the Prix Morny here at Deauville last season and currently sits on an appealing each-way price. As does LE BRIVIDO, and it’s Aidan O’Brien’s former French star who makes the strongest case for each-way selection.

While under the watchful eye of Andre Fabre, Le Brivido won the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, just weeks after a cracking run over a mile here at Deauville, where the 16/1 outsider was just nabbed on the line by Brametot in the French version of the 2000 Guineas. 

Following a year-long injury lay-off, Le Brivido made the surprise move to Aidan O’Brien’s yard in March. After plodding through his stable debut in the Gladness Stakes, many people thought O’Brien had laid the perfect plans to triumph in the Lockinge Stakes, but a sticky start put Ryan Moore’s mount immediately on the back-foot and their late assault was only good enough to finish fifth.

Le Brivido then ran twice at Royal Ascot. First, finishing fourth in the Queen Anne on day one, before staying on gamely for fifth over six furlongs in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. This inbetween-distance could suit Le Brivido down to the ground, he has strong course form to bolster his claims and he should have no trouble slotting into the perfect midfield position after drawing stall 12.

O’Brien's charge has carried a single-figure price into three Group Ones this term and run respectably in all three, so to find him sitting on 10/1 is an each-way opportunity not to be passed up!

Main Bet - LE BRIVIDO e/w (10/1 Coral)
Next Best -
PRETTY POLLYANNA e/w (14/1 Mr Green)

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2019 Prix Maurice de Gheest tips – 10/1 chance Le perfect each-way punt on return to French soil

Our expert takes a look through the ante-post betting for Sunday’s Group One feature at Deauville and provides readers with his tips on Sunday 4th August.

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