Ed Walker is anticipating a daring present from “massively thrilling” Primo Bacio as she bids to additional improve the excellent type of this yr’s Falmouth Stakes within the Prix Rothschild at Deauville.
Alcohol Free and Woman Bowthorpe – the 2 fillies who completed immediately, and fewer than a size, in entrance of Primo Bacio at Newmarket – each augmented their Group One CVs with victory at Goodwood final week.
As well as, Aidan O’Brien’s Mom Earth – who reopposes on Tuesday and completed only a size forward of Primo Bacio once they final met – was additionally the heroine of the 1000 Guineas in Might and runner-up within the French equal.
All of them subsequently help Lambourn coach Walker’s evaluation of the “hottest renewal of the Falmouth in historical past” – and he has little question his filly is worthy of her place in a 14-strong version of the characteristic race on Deauville’s elegant card.
He mentioned: “I am very hopeful. She’s solely had three runs this yr, and the one time she had an uninterrupted passage she completely trotted up.
“She is massively thrilling, and she or he’s in nice type.”
Primo Bacio will face a robust house contingent – together with Francis Henri-Graffard’s prolific winner Padovana, Jean-Claude Rouget’s French Guineas heroine Coeursamba and Pascal Bary’s Tahlie, who’s looking for a fifth successive victory.
German mare Axana is within the reckoning as properly, whereas the British and Irish problem additionally contains Dad or mum’s Prayer for Archie Watson, Jessica Harrington’s No Converse Alexander and Sheila Lavery’s Belle Picture – third and fourth respectively within the Irish Guineas.
Primo Bacio shall be having simply the fourth begin of her three-year-old season, having outrun enormous odds to be a detailed fourth to Alcohol Free on her return at Newbury in April after which gained emphatically in Listed firm at York.
Walker added: “We’ve not needed to do rather a lot together with her because the Falmouth to maintain her pleased and properly.
“This yr, we appear to have discovered the most popular renewal of the Falmouth in historical past.
“It is unbelievable actually – the Sussex winner, the Nassau winner – and we had been solely crushed a size and a half, with an interrupted passage (in working).
“We have got to show the shape spherical with Mom Earth – which I would not wager in opposition to her doing.
“We’re simply hoping now we have a clean journey, and if she does I feel she’ll be bang there.”
Primo Bacio, who will once more be ridden by Andrea Atzeni in France, was a late absentee within the Coronation Stakes after a deluge at Royal Ascot turned the bottom heavy.
Good to mushy is forecast at Deauville, and Walker doesn’t count on that to pose an issue.
Requested if very testing circumstances may be in opposition to Primo Bacio, he mentioned: “I do not know, to be sincere.
“She’s such a good-moving filly, with a lethal flip of foot. (However) it was on the sluggish facet at York when she gained very properly. She’s by Awtaad, who liked the mud and is producing some actually good horses with soft-ground type.
“In case you neglect her pedigree and simply take a look at her bodily, you’d say she’s a correct fast-ground filly – however you by no means actually know till you attempt.”
In any case, he’s in little question he made the fitting name to take Primo Bacio out of her meant Group One debut in June.
He mentioned: “At Ascot, it was solely going to be the third run of her season – and that stiff mile and actually bottomless floor, I simply did not really feel a slog would swimsuit her.
“So I had no regrets lacking Ascot, even when she does show to go together with a little bit of reduce within the floor, as a result of I simply assume at the moment of her season it would not have been the fitting factor to do.
“However we’re right here now, and she or he’ll run regardless – (and) I feel so long as it’s simply good to mushy floor she’ll be completely fantastic.”