So Mi Dar has Deauville aim
So Mi Dar gets another chance to prove her worth at the highest level in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville on Sunday.
John Gosden's filly is certainly bred to play at top the table as a daughter of Dubawi out of multiple Group One winner Dar Re Mi, but her opportunities have been limited due to a variety of reasons.
After winning her first three starts of last season, she was odds to claim Group One glory in the Prix de l'Opera at Chantilly last October, but finished a close-up third.
Her seasonal reappearance was delayed, first by unsuitable ground conditions and then a muscle enzyme problem, before she made her comeback in the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
So Mi Dar finished fifth in terrain more testing than ideal and connections are expecting her to raise her game this weekend.
Simon Marsh, racing manager for owner-breeders Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber, said: "She's in very good form and came out of the race at Goodwood very well.
"Nothing suited her that day, but we had to run her as she'd been off the track for so long.
"John (Gosden) has been very happy with her since and we're looking forward to running here again.
"We have been a bit worried about what the ground will be like, but I'm told they only had light showers overnight and by Sunday, hopefully it won't be too bad.
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"We know she's a very good filly, but she's got to go and prove it on the track.
"This looks a good opportunity for her."
So Mi Dar faces nine rivals in the 10-furlong contest, with Smart Call from Sir Michael Stoute's yard, Martyn Meade's Wilamina and the Roger Varian-trained Ajman Princess also making the journey from Britain.
Ajman Princess was last seen finishing second in a Listed event at York in late July.
"Ajman Princess has proved a model of consistency this season and she ran well under a penalty on ground that was soft enough at York," the trainer told www.varianstable.com.
"The drying conditions will suit her well and while she needs to improve on her career-best form stepping into Group One company, I could see her running very well."
That Which Is Not is one of the home contenders, trained by Francis-Henri Graffard.
Alan Cooper, racing manager to owners the Niarchos Family, said: "She has been quite a progressive filly throughout her career and we felt that this could be an opportunity for her to earn some Group One black type and we'll see how we get on.
"She's a nice improving filly."
Group Two honours are up for grabs in the one-mile-seven-furlong Darley Prix Kergorlay later in the afternoon.
Hughie Morrison is double-handed, with Nearly Caught and Marmelo in contention. Sir Mark Prescott's Pallasator, the David Elsworth-trained Desert Skyline and Charlie Appleby's Godolphin runner Endless Time complete the British raiding party.
Appleby told www.godolphin.com: "Endless Time put up another brave performance to win at Goodwood last time out and came out of the race well.
"I couldn't be any happier with her and it looks like she will have conditions to suit.
"A repeat performance of her latest run is going to make her very competitive."
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