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Kodiac colt Good Guess brilliant in Prix Jean Prat victory

Good Guess ran out the brilliant winner of the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Deauville on Sunday to become the latest top-flight scorer for his sire Kodiac.


Always held in high regard by his trainer Fabrice Chappet, the Hisaaki Saito-trained Good Guess was quick to come to hand last year as the winner of both his first two starts and reappeared this season with a victory in the Group 3 Prix Djebel. He wasn't beaten far next time out in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains but stepped up another couple of gears on Sunday, showing bright speed down the centre of the track under Stephane Pasquier to streak three lengths clear of Sauterne. Among the vanquished were 2,000 Guineas winner Chaldean, 2,000 Guineas runner-up Hi Royal and last season's Group 1-winning two-year-olds Meditate and Belbek.


Another high-class Kodiac colt, Indestructible, ran a fine race in fourth for Amo Racing.


"It's not really a surprise," said winning jockey Stephane Pasquier. "This horse is still immature physically and was fantastic when he won the Prix Djebel here.

"He still needed to grow into himself and today the pace was fast enough for me and it's a fantastic victory. I always wanted to ride him close to the pace, but he's been slow from the gates.

"I had plenty of time to choose my position today, which perhaps helped. He can do less or more in terms of distance - he can do everything."

The good-looking Good Guess was purchased for 420,000gns as a Tattersalls October Book 1 yearling by Chauvigny Global Equine. He was bred by Cheveley Park Stud and hails from one of their finest families, being a half-brother to Group 3 winner Spangled and out of the Pivotal mare Zykina, a daughter of 1,000 Guineas heroine Russian Rhythm.

He continues a hot streak for Kodiac that also includes last week's impressive Listed-winning two-year-old Star Of Mystery.


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