South Seas set for France trip

Andrew Balding believes South Seas will be better suited to running in next year's French 2000 Guineas as opposed to the English equivalent.

Trainer Andrew Balding during bet365 Friday at Sandown Racecourse

After appearing to fail to handle the undulations at Newmarket when beating only one home in the Dewhurst Stakes on his penultimate start, the son of Lope De Vega bounced back to form when finishing second in a Group One at Saint-Cloud

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Although no firm plans have been made for the two-year-old, the Kingsclere handler feels a trip to Deauville is likely to be top of the agenda in May over a return to Newmarket.

He said: "I was delighted with his run in France. I think the Dewhurst form looks very strong and the winner of the race in France (Thunder Snow) has come on again.

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"Physically our horse has a lot of improvement left in him and hopefully he will strengthen through the winter.

"The more likely route he will take will be the French route for their 2000 Guineas. He will stay a mile and a quarter next year, so he has got a lot of options."

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