PROGRESSIVE SON OF YOUMZAIN TO STEP UP IN CLASS
The progressive DEJA (Youmzain) gained his fourth straight win when striding clear of his competition over a mile and a half at Kempton.
The Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained four-year-old was returning from a break and had previously only been tested as far as ten and a half furlongs, over which he was successful. Andrea Atzeni held him up towards the back of the field, improving his position with four furlongs left to travel and closed in on the leaders two furlongs out. Leading inside the final furlong, he strode clear, beating the even-money favourite by three and a half lengths.
Deja may now be stepped up in class, according to his trainer, who said, “We might go to the John Smith’s Cup next, because if we had a bit of rain that mile-and-a-quarter trip would be perfect – if not there, perhaps the Ebor. I think we’ll stick to targeting the big handicaps at the moment, while keeping an eye on the Group races.
There’s lot’s of big prizes on offer for him now, especially during the autumn. You never know, should everything go to plan we might have a trip to Melbourne at the end of the year.”
The Phoenix Thoroughbred-owned colt was also a star in the sales ring, bringing 350,000gns from Kerri Radcliffe at the Tattersalls Craven Sale, where he was sold by Tally-Ho Stud. A €62,000 foal buy, he was bred by Laurent Dulong and Yannick Dulong out of a half-sister to dual Listed winner and Group 1 second Helene Spirit.