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2020 Prix Jean Prat Tips – 40/1 outsider could benefit from Truly run race

  • We preview Sunday's feature race, the Group One Prix Jean Prat
  • The race will be run over seven furlongs at Deauville racecourse
  • Pinatubo is the odds-on favourite
  • We take him on with a 40/1 outsider
Pinatubo (Centre) heads the betting for the Prix Jean Prat. (Getty)
Jon Vine 11 Jul 2020
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We take a look through the betting for this Group One at Deauville and provide readers with our Prix Jean Prat tips for Sunday 12th July.

Having enjoyed two Group Ones at Newmarket’s July Festival this week, punters will look to Deauville for their fix of top-level action on Sunday, as the famous course stages the Prix Jean Prat.

First run at Deauville back in 1858, this is one of the few Group One races run over a seven-furlong trip. Many excellent three-year-olds have enhanced their reputations with victory in the Prix Jean Prat, and a strong field has assembled for Sunday’s renewal.

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Excitement reverberated around France when Pinatubo was confirmed in the final field on Sunday, and Charlie Appleby’s star will carry an odds-on price to post. 

William Buick didn’t find much cover in the Guineas, and couldn’t make any inroads as Wichita and Kameko set out for home. Pinatubo travelled into the St James’s Palace Stakes like the most likely winner, but seemed to run out of steam on the run to the line, and was passed by the fast-finishing Palace Pier. 

Although Pinatubo has, so far, failed to build on the sparkling reputation he gained as a three-year-old, placed efforts in both the 2000 Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes are certainly results not to be sniffed at. He should still take all the beating.

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Palace Pier (right) sweeps past Pinatubo (centre) on the run to the line in the St James's Palace Stakes. (Getty)

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Molatham follows Pinatubo in the betting, having beaten Monarch Of Egpyt in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. Although Roger Varian’s charge looks worthy of his place in this Group One, he's never run at this level before, and would have loved a touch more juice in the ground.

Wooded flies the flag for Francois Henri-Graffard, who’s yet to win the Prix Jean Prat. Wooded flew home to win on his reappearance over six-furlongs, and was expected to enter the Commonwealth Cup on the back of that. His performances over seven furlongs haven’t been nearly as effective.

Unlike Graffard, Andre Fabre has celebrated victory in this race, on no less than five occasions. Alson returns to action after his third-place finish behind Victor Ludorum in the French 2000 Guineas. Dropping back in trip seems sensible, but he will have wanted the ground to be much softer than good.

Fabre also has the filly Tropbeau entered up at Deauville. Having won the Prix de la Grotte, her fourth-place finish in the French 1000 Guineas was slightly underwhelming. Only one filly has won this race since the turn of the Millennium, and she was the 7/4 favourite, so Tropbeau clearly has her work cut out on her first start in mixed-sex company.

Aidan O’Brien is yet to win the Prix Jean Prat, and will fire two arrows at the big prize on Sunday. Despite plenty of market support on both his starts this term, Lope Y Fernandez has failed to land a significant blow, and he doesn’t hold much in the way of appeal.

Neither does Arizona, who continually came up short at the highest level as a juvenile, and hasn’t fared any better during 2020.

Kinross remains a horse of immense potential, and didn’t perform badly at all when staying on for sixth in the Guineas. Although his debut victory came over seven furlongs, I’d have thought trips further than a mile would be more suitable for him now, and don’t fancy Ralph Beckett’s colt over this short distance.

Well Of Wisdom comes into this on the back of a handicap victory at Sandown, and seems to have plenty to find. As does market backmarker Kenway, who’s been beaten on his last five starts, with only two of those defeats coming in Group One company.

Malotru (left) bolts up over seven furlongs at Lingfield to win the Spring Cup. (Getty)

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His unbeatable aura may have burst, but I still think Pinatubo is the one to beat. Dropping back down to seven furlongs seems ideal, he’ll have come on well from those runs at Newmarket and Ascot, and ground conditions seem ideal

Despite everything I have mentioned above, I’m going to go against my better judgement and take a wild punt on MALOTRU at a crazy price.

Marco Botti’s charge has really impressed me on both his starts this season. Firstly, he swatted away a decent field to win the Listed Spring Cup Stakes at Lingfield, showing rivals rated in the mid-90s a clean set of heels to win by almost four lengths. 

Malotru then found himself stuck behind a wall of runners in the Pavillion Stakes up at Newcastle. When Luke Morris' mount found some open air, he came powering down the centre of the track with a withering late run, only to come up a neck short of Dubai Station.

On both appearances, Malotru was patiently ridden, having been hampered at crucial stages. Yet, he displayed a truly devastating turn of foot, over both six and seven-furlong distances. 

Andrea Atzeni will again have to ride his mount patiently and wait for the gaps to appear. If this turns into a two-furlong dash to the line, then Malotru is in with an excellent chance. 40/1 is too good for me to turn down.


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