The fillies take the Prix d’Arenberg (Gr3) by storm on Saturday over the straight 5 furlongs course at Chantilly. For this “Parisian” comeback after the Deauville meeting, seven of them go ahead against a single colt, Master McGrath (No Nay Never), who comes from England after registering his first success, early in August at Sandown on the same distance than Saturday, after a first test that ended with a second place at Ayr in Scotland.
This profile is shared in this race by Queen’s Order (Delegator), second for her debut at Pontefract, where she just won her maiden.
Four other fillies from England take part, including a Clive Cox-trained Master McGrath teammate, Hand On My Heart (Iffraaj), beaten at Goodwood in a Group 3 after a victorious debut at Windsor, just like Divine Spirit (Kingman), a Charlie Appleby trainee beaten twice at the best level after her initial success.
Flaming Princess (Hot Streak) was in a similar situation before redeeming herself over 5 furlong sin the Prix de la Vallée d’Auge (L) at Deauville. She takes another step up here. The English team is completed by Al Raya (Siyouni). She has just finished second at Listed level in Newbury, but also finished fifth in the Queen Mary Stakes (Gr2) at Royal Ascot and fourth to the little bomb Liberty Beach at Sandown.
What can the two French defenders do facing this formidable British raid? The consistent but well exposed Jolie (Power) has been supplemented, as when fourth in the Darley Prix de Cabourg (Gr3). This is her eighth start, while Lady Galore (Raven’s Pass) will try to confirm her cheeky win at Vichy in the Prix des Rêves d’Or-Jacques Bouchara (L).