Deacon hit the mark on his most recent outing in February and can follow up in the Prix d’Aquitaine, Race 5 at Lyon Parilly this Monday.
The Dansili colt was having his third start for Christopher Head on that occasion, having shown some promise when previously trained by Christopher’s father, Freddy.
Placed on his first couple of attempts for his new handler, Deacon seemed to relish being allowed to make all over 2400m as he switched back from 2600m.
He built up a decent advantage and while his rivals caught up a bit in the closing stages, Deacon still won in a comfortable manner. Head sticks to 2400m here and Deacon can shine again.
Head senior can also be among the winners with Suffrage in Race 4 in the Prix Bruleur.
He suffered a bit of a troubled passage on his racecourse debut at Fontainebleau towards the end of last year, but he did seem to be travelling well enough at one point before folding a bit tamely in the finish.
The 11-length margin of defeat is possibly not a fair reflection of his run and 2000m should be within his compass.
Bonne Idee boasts a beautiful pedigree as a daughter of Frankel out of dual Listed winner Mirror Lake, but she did not make the expected impact on her only start last term.
Andre Fabre exercised plenty of patience in waiting until October before pitching her into battle, but she slightly missed the break which gave her a bit too much to do in the end.
The ground was pretty testing at Deauville and while that should not be a problem on pedigree, it perhaps proved a bit of a stretch over 1600m that day.
With another winter on her back, Bonne Idee should have strengthened up a bit and Group 1 entries later in the campaign could indicate she has shown some promise at home.
Shaken Not Stirred can end a disappointing run of results in Race 9, the Prix de Juvisy.
He looked a fair competitor when winning at Clairefontaine last August and then lost his way a bit. But a third last time out at Deauville in March indicated his best days may not yet be all behind him. – sportinglife.com
11:40 Otello; 12:10 Coeursamba; 12:40 Ethnic Type; 13:10 Suffrage; 13:50 DEACON (best bet); 14:25 Bonne Idee; 15:00 Quevillon; 15:35 Real Fan; 16:05 Shaken Not Stirred; 16:35 Pass The Stars.