07/30/2009 11:00PM

Goldikova in good spot at Deauville

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Goldikova will attempt to build on her July 8 win in the Falmouth Stakes when she runs Sunday at Deauville in the $351,000 Prix Rothschild, a straight Group 1 mile for fillies and mares.

Upset when unsuited by soft ground at Longchamp in the Prix d'Ispahan in her seasonal debut, the Freddy Head-trained daughter of Anabaa bounced back with a sharp score at Newmarket. The competition she will be facing in the Rothschild consists of 11 different horses but they are of basically the same caliber as what she beat in the Falmouth. Olivier Peslier will take his customary place in the saddle on Goldikova, the Breeders' Cup Mile winner.

Her most dangerous rival could be Reggane. A Red Ransom 3-year-old trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre, Reggane has had just three starts and was second in both the Group 2 Prix de Sandringham and the Group 1 Coronation Stakes. Homebound, a Dixie Union filly trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, runs for the first time since her May 31 Sandringham victory, while Lady Marian, the winner of last October's Group 1 Prix de l'Opera at 1 1/4 miles, has been supplemented by Godolphin after having finished last of 16 in the Dubai Duty Free on March 29.

French 1000 Guineas winner Elusive Wave was fourth in the Coronation, 4 1/4 lengths behind the improving Reggane. Eva's Request, a Group 3 winner at Epsom and the Curragh, has a chance for third on her best, while Lahaleeb, second on heavy ground in the Irish 1000 Guineas, was only fifth in the Coronation on good to firm and would need a deluge to have a viable chance.

* In the Group 3, $112,000 Prix de Cabourg at six furlongs for 2-year-olds, Sorciere should confirm odds-on favoritism for trainer Carlos Lerner and rider Christophe Soumillon. The Orpen filly won the listed Prix Yacowlef going five furlongs in her racecourse debut at Deauville, defeating Special Duty, the winner of last Sunday's Group 2 Prix Robert Papin. Boltcity and Lixirova, both course and distance winners at the allowance level, are the main threats.

* Dick Turpin, named for one of the most notorious criminals in British history, stole the Group 2, $131,000 Richmond Stakes at Goodwood on Friday, drawing clear to win the six-furlong juvenile dash by three lengths from Buzzword as the 6-5 choice. Trained by Richard Hannon, Dick Turpin is now undefeated in three starts but will skip the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes on Aug. 19 at York, where his namesake was "hung from a rope until dead" on the track infield prior to racing one day in 1739.