Her status as a black modiste
should be compared with her past as a slave, both in terms of social and visual uplift.
However, La Modiste
looks out of form and Hyde Park will need to settle a lot better today if he is to get home.
When they met at Doncaster last month, La Modiste
ran on well to beat Bowcliffe by two lengths with Welcome Heights back in ninth place.
This French body-builder, modiste
, and artist is often--in hyperbolic Parisian fashion--flatteringly compared to historical giants and mythic figures, but to Americans his most distinguishing feature is a striking resemblance to Mr.
The parody of Behind the Scenes makes it clear that Keckley's decision to enter into the public sphere of commodity as author and modiste
threatened some whites, as it repeatedly attacks Keckley for supposedly lying to make money, and ends by deriding her entrance into commodity culture.
She has given the champion jockey an added financial incentive to beat 28 rivals in the pounds 45,000-added handicap because success on the filly La Modiste
will reap a pounds 150,000 bonus put up by the sponsor.
French-trained Punishment is an unusual contender and La Modiste
is an outsider with the right prospects.
Coral bet: 6-1 Solar Storm, 7-1 Right Wing, 10-1 Rock Falcon & Nomore Mr Niceguy, 12-1 Hunters of Brora, 14-1 Gulf Shaadi, 16-1 Lionize, Consort & Young Precedent, 20-1 Hajr and La Modiste
Attractive betting races are few and far between, but at least the showcase race at Newbury features La Modiste
, an animal high on my list of handicappers to note.
Yesterday's rain, on top of watered ground, turned the going to soft which is just the ticket for LA MODISTE
, Fallon's mount in the Rothmans Semi-Final.
After bad traffic problems La Modiste
did very well to reach third place behind Rebel County in the Mail On Sunday Mile Qualifier, and with a clear run she might well have won.
Rebel County and La Modiste
are others who would be suited by overnight showers, but Young Precedent bounces off this ground and will be suited by a return to an easier track.
However, the two who may still have a bit up their sleeves are Welcome Heights and La Modiste
Typically, held up, Bowcliffe ran arguably his best race of the season, challenging wide in the straight and running on well behind La Modiste
in a handicap every bit as competitive as this.
A fair mile handicapper on his day, he has been struggling on soft ground for most of the season, but ran an encouraging race last time at Doncaster when second to La Modiste