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Bell confirms Deauville plan

21st July 2019, 14:58 by James Mason

Michael Bell says Pretty Pollyanna will be heading to Normandy next month for a crack at the Prix Maurice de Gheest.

Pretty Pollyanna landed the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville last summer when beating Signora Cabello and Bell's charge will be heading back to the circuit for the August meeting.

Although yet to win in 2019, the three-year-old was second in the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh and fourth in the July Cup at Newmarket, suggesting a victory is not far away.

Bell has now revealed the filly will be returning to Normandy and he is feeling confident about the chances of a second Group One success for Pretty Pollyanna.

"It was a very good run in the July Cup, and the plan is the Maurice de Gheest. She obviously likes Deauville, and that is the plan as we stand," he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"The unfortunate thing in the July Cup was that she missed the break so badly. That didn't help - and although I'm not saying she would have beaten the winner, she would have been two or three lengths closer.

"Without a doubt, she has trained on. You don't finish second in an Irish 1,000 Guineas and fourth in a July Cup if you haven't trained on."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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