Encounter of Deauville: French return empty-handed

Encounter of Deauville: French return empty-handed

I exhibited five groups at this summer’s meeting at La Toux Racecourse (Calvados). After Princess of Highfield (Maurice de Geest Prize), Saffron Beach (Prix Rothschild) etc inspiration (Prix Jacques le Marois), cross-Channel trained competitors distinguished themselves again on the Deauville turf yesterday afternoon.

The first Group I of this Sunday’s meeting, the Prix Moni, did not escape the visitors, with no Frenchman in the running, seeing off the expected victory. black beard. The 2-year-old colt confirms last month’s victory in the Prix Robert Papin (Gr. II) at Chantilly (Oise). After boarding the train on his own, he did well despite a severe attack Persian army Thus allowing his mentor, Aidan O’Brien, and his jockey, Ryan Moore, to claim a fifth win after a stroke of four in the Curragh (Ireland) this weekend.

In the foam before the stalls, this son No no never There is some character, but that in no way diminishes his quality: “He was angry before the start as usual”, analyzes the Irish coach, who has not won this race for 21 years, and crowns him. Johannesburg.

“It’s a Star”

And to enjoy the humor: “He’s a little proud of himself because he knows he’s a star (laughs…). He’s a fast premature colt. As for the rest of his program, there are many options possible, his mentor admits: “September 24 in Newmarket (England) or in Parislongchamp ( He may be seen again in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere or the Middle Park Stakes (October 2). The Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (Gr. I) scheduled for November 5 at Keeneland (United States) is also a possibility. »

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A new foreign twin

As for the second Group I, the Prix Jean Romanet, it didn’t let the French get their heads out of the water. The tricolor flags went down Very elegant, Now coached by Francis-Henri Graffard. Last year’s Melbourne Cup (Australia) winner finished seventh Aristea, Presented by the skeptical Richard Hannon: “She’s a very good filly who has taken a while to get to No. 1 this season. She will be seen again in the Prix de l’Opera at ParisLongchamp (October 2) or the Qipco British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes at Ascot on October 15. »

To assert foreign supremacy, the second position of this group was won by I rose berry, Coached by Irishman Patrick Twomey.

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