Meanwhile, back in the real world there was no bonking in our game. John took the Dutch/Spanish and Neil and I were the French. The objectives, apart from battering the other army into submission, were the church, hill and road junction, all more or less in the centre of the table.
I don't have a good recent track record with cavalry, so Neil and I took a brigade each. Neil had the Maison du Roi so it made sense to give him the Gardes Francais and Gardes Suisse brigade as well. I thought it'd be a good idea to place all our horse in the centre. It was and caught John completely unawares and on the back foot. Neil's infantry were our best so they had the task of holding our rather extended right flank while the dragoons were poised ready to race for the church on our left, supported by ten battalions of French foot in two brigades. Our heavy artillery was placed to support Neil on the right. The French plan was simple. Hold back on the right, punch all the horse through John's centre and follow up with a brigade of infantry while the other brigade and the dragoons held the church and covered our left flank. The Dutch and Spanish fielded nine squadrons of horse (more than us) and 16 battalions of foot plus a unit of dragoons and artillery.