2019 Prix Jean Prat tips – 14/1 outsider has the aMunition to gun down favourite in Deauville thriller
Our expert takes a look through the betting for this historic Group One at Deauville on Sunday and provides readers with his tips.
Sunday’s fix of Group One action comes courtesy of Deauville, as a field of talented three-year-old colts battle it out in the Prix Jean Prat. Many legendary colts and fillies have claimed victory in this seven-furlong contest in it’s 150-year history and Too Darn Hot (5/4 Coral) will bid to join that illustrious list of winners this weekend.
After ending last season as the sports highest-rated juvenile, the world was seemingly at the feet of Too Darn Hot leading into the Guineas. Yet, just days before his intended reappearance in the Greenham Stakes, injury struck, ruling John Gosden’s colt out of the season’s first Classic. A half-baked idea to target the Derby, along with his unbeaten record, came crashing down as Too Darn Hot was defeated by Telecaster in the Dante and Gosden’s colt had to settle for second again in the Irish Guineas when he was rushed back into the spotlight just eight days later.
Conditions seemed perfect for Too Darn Hot to recapture that winning feeling at Royal Ascot. Yet, when Frankie Dettori angled his mount out into the centre of the track to begin his winning assault, Too Darn Hot found little, as late charges from winner, Magna Grecia and stablemate, King Of Comedy relegated last season’s Dewhurst winner down to third.
Too Darn Hot will now drop back to a seven-furlong trip he excelled over as a juvenile and Gosden will be pleased to see a little bit of juice remaining in the Deauville turf. On Juvenile form, this would be a walk in the park, but Too Darn Hot has certainly looked vulnerable this season and he looks there to be shot down again at the head of the market.
None of the other British raiders in Sunday’s contest offer much appeal, to me. Space Blues has impressed, albeit at a lower level than this, and he might be worth backing should he drift out to an each-way price. Royal Marine, himself a Group One winner at two, had endured a torrid time since claiming victory in the Jean Luc Lagardere and neither Fox Champion nor Azano look up to this sort of standard just yet.
Graignes is the first of the home representatives in the ante-post betting and Yann Barberot’s colt is not without a chance. Barberot’s charge came up just short in the Prix Djebel on his reappearance and crossed the line just three lengths behind Persian King in the French version of the 2000 Guineas. His consistency is admirable, but the fact Graignes has been beaten on all six of his starts since winning on debut is rather off-putting.
German contender, Namos travels to France in search of a hat-trick, having score twice in his homeland this season. Wladimir Panov’s mount was a 15/1 shot when winning a Group Three last time out, so I doubt whether he will have the quality to hang with this sort of opposition. Italian trainer, Gianluca Bietolini will throw Pure Zen into the Prix Jean Prat mix, but he too is likely to come up a little short of the required standard.
In fact, the only runner who really appeals to be against Too Darn Hot is Andre Fabre’s MUNITION (14/1 Coral). The Godolphin flag-bearer may have been well-beaten in the French Guineas last time out. Yet, the son of War Front isn’t bred to go on ground as heavy as it was that day and he could be a big danger to the favoured horses as he drops back down in trip.
Munition didn’t pull up any trees as a juvenile. A winner on his first two starts in novice races – the second of those coming over seven furlongs – Fabre’s colt then came out second best to Archie Watson’s Showout in the Listed sprint here at Deauville, before finishing fourth over an even shorter trip on his final two-year-old start.
Mickael Barzalona’s mount was backed into favourites ahead of his reappearance in the Prix Djebel and a fine, battling display saw Munition hang on to seal victory ahead of Graignes and another of Sunday’s runner, Pretty Boy. I’m prepared to completely put a line through that run in the Poulains and the conditions of Sunday’s contest will be much more to his liking. 14/1 looks an excellent each-way price.