Review of the action from Sunday's meeting at Deauville

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Pretty Pollyanna - Prix Morny heroine
Pretty Pollyanna - Prix Morny heroine

A review of the action from Sunday's meeting at Deauville where Pretty Pollyanna won the Prix Morny.

Pretty Morny win for Bell star

The two British-trained fillies dominated the finish and pulled well clear of their rivals in the closing stages, with Pretty Pollyanna just coming out on top for trainer Michael Bell and jockey Silvestre de Sousa.

Pretty Pollyanna had won the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes by seven lengths at Newmarket and showed that form was no fluke as she took the first Group One race of the season for two-year-olds in France.

Pretty Pollyanna was always in the front rank in the centre of the track as Comedy led on the near side and Land Force also prominent before going on.

Signora Cabello mounted a strong challenge and John Quinn's charge briefly looked as though she might follow up her Group Two victories in the Queen Mary Stakes and Prix Robert Papin.

However, Pretty Pollyanna found more and edged ahead close home for a three-quarters-of-a-length victory. Karl Burke's True Mason gave British runners a clean sweep, with Aidan O'Brien's Land Force fourth.

De Sousa said: "She travelled well, like she did last time. Mr Bell said to keep it simple. She's an improving filly and did it the hard way. I think she does get that trip, and going up to a mile shouldn't bother her."

Sky Bet cut the winner to 10/1 (from 12s) for next year's QIPCO 1000 Guineas.

Bell said: "I'm delighted with her, and I was particularly encouraged by the last furlong because she stayed on really well to the line. It looks as though she is going to get further.

"Obviously, we would be thinking about making her into a Guineas filly and I think that last furlong, and the last half a furlong in particular, looks as though she has every chance of getting a bit further."

The Newmarket trainer will discuss the next step for the filly with owners Bill and Tim Gredley.

"She's in the Cheveley Park, she's in the Moyglare," he said. "She had a hard race today. The Moyglare may come too soon but we'll get her back, look at her, talk to the Gredleys and make a plan."

Fox denied by Nonza

Urban Fox was denied a second Group One success when collared close home by Nonza in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet.

Winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh, the William Haggas-trained four-year-old made another strong bid for honours but was just run out of it in the final strides.

She hit the front in the straight under James Doyle, after Jessica Harington's I'm So Fancy had set the pace, but Nonza, trained by Henri-Francois Devin, was produced by Alexis Badel to land the spoils by a narrow margin.

Urban Fox powers to victory in the Pretty Polly Stakes
Urban Fox - second at Deauville

Kitesurf camp keen to try deeper waters

Andre Fabre is keen to step Kitesurf up in class after her easy victory in the Group Two Darley Prix de Pomone at Deauville.

Mickael Barzalona's companion, owned by Godolphin, had a lot of work to do turning into the straight but ended up with three and a half lengths in hand over Palombe.

Lisa-Jane Graffard of Godolphin said: "That was great - a perfect victory.

"There are no specific plans at the moment - we will see how she comes out of this race.

"The aim will be a Group One, in which she will have step up her form again. On the evidence of this race, she is still improving.

"She is versatile as far as distance and ground are concerned, with a mile and a half on a right-handed track probably being best.

"Mr Fabre thinks going right-handed is important for Kitesurf, who is a big, long-striding filly and therefore suited by a galloping track," Graffard told www.godolphin.com.

Holdthasigreen sees off British challenge

Holdthasigreen defeated the Hughie Morrison-trained duo of Marmelo and Nearly Caught to claim the Group Two honours in the Darley Prix Kergorlay.

The British raiders had won the race between them for the last two years but had no answer to the Bruno Audouin-trained winner.

Oriental Eagle made the running and was seven lengths clear at one stage until reeled in by the pack.

Tony Piccone made a decisive move when kicking in turning for home on Holdthasigreen and though Marmelo and Nearly Caught tried to mount challenges, they could not get close enough to the leader.

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