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Classic hopeful Good Guess becomes 84th stakes winner for Kodiac

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

Good Guess laid down his Classic claims on Thursday with an authoritative win in the Group 3 Prix Jebel at Deauville.

In the process, the colt became the 38th Group winner and 84th stakes winner overall for his sire Kodiac. He belongs to the same 2020 crop as fellow stakes winners Zarinsk, Magical Sunset and Pillow Talk.

Trained by Fabrice Chappet on behalf of Hisaaki Saito, Good Guess looked potentially smart last year when successful on his first two starts at Chantilly and then third in the Listed Prix Zeddaan at Chantilly.

On Thursday, he was settled at the back of the field by Stephane Pasquier and although momentarily short of room, found another gear when a gap appeared on the rail to challenge the leaders and win going away by a cosy half-length from Breizh Sky.

"After a good break, he ran a good race in the Prix Zeddaan but that was over six which was too short and reflecting on that I think it was a mistake to run him that short again," said Fabrice Chappet. "He had a nice trip today and quickened well--very importantly, he proved that he should have no trouble staying a mile and his intended next start is in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains."

Good Guess (photo: Emma Berry) was bred by Cheveley Park Stud (also the breeder of Sunday's Group 3-winning Tally-Ho graduate White Birch) out of Zykina, a Pivotal daughter of the stud's top miler Russian Rhythm. He was a 420,000gns Tattersalls October Book 1 yearling purchase by Chauvigny Global Equine.

Kodiac stands for €40,000.

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