France Racing: Deauville Barrière
The Deauville Barrière meeting begins this weekend with two high class cards including a Group 1 and three Group 3 events.
On Sunday, the Prix Rothschild (Gr1) opens the ball of the five Groups 1 run every Summer in Deauville. A mile race open to fillies and mares aged 3yo and more, it brings together some of the best European famel milers to succeed Roly Poly, the previous winner of the race for Ireland. The contest will also serve as a first step in the Tournoi des Nations, an international challenge between the nations represented in a series of fourteen Group and Listed races from July 29 to August 19 (list of events below).
The Darley Prix de Cabourg (Gr3), the second stage of the #DarleySeries after the Darley Prix Robert Papin (Gr2) won last Sunday at Maisons-Laffitte by the English filly Signora Cabello, is the other main race of the day. It’s a 2yos, 6 furlongs race that has often been won by sgtars in the making: Dabirsim in 2011 before his memorable Darley Prix Morny, or Ervedya in 2014, less than a year before her victorious Prix de Diane Longines (Gr1).
On Saturday, the Prix Six Perfections (Gr3), freshly promoted a Group 3 race, gathers eight 2-year-old fillies over 7 furlongs. The Prix de Psyche (Gr3) for 3yo Fillies over 1 1/4 mile is a nice opportunity for Homerique (Exchange Rate) to bounce after her 3rd place in the Prix de Diane Longines …
Nine speedsters will also compete in Prix du Cercle (L) over 5 furlongs.
Remember that this summer, 19 Premium meetings are held in Deauville-Touques, and ten on the nearby course of Clairefontaine, which also showcase jumps races.
The 14 races of the Tournoi des Nations challenge
- Sunday, July 29: Prix Rothschild (Gr1).
- Sunday August 5th: LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest (Gr1).
- Sunday, August 12th: Prix de Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard – Jacques Le Marois (Gr1).
- Wednesday August 15th: Prix Gontaut-Biron – Hong Kong Jockey-Club (Gr3), Prix Guillaume d’Ornano – Haras of Logis Saint-Germain (Gr2), Prix Lieurey (Gr3), Prix de la Vallée d’Auge (L ).
- Saturday 18th August: Prix de la Nonette (Gr2), Prix du Calvados (Gr2), FEE Criterium (L).
- Sunday, August 19th: Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Gr1), Darley Prix Morny (Gr1), Darley Prix de Pomone (Gr2), Darley Prix Kergorlay (Gr2).
Easy winner of the Darley Irish Oaks (Gr1) Saturday at the Curragh, Sea of Class (Sea the Stars) has thus become one of the potential champions of the season. Trained in England by William Haggas, she beat the Epsom Oaks winner Forever Together, as well as Magic Wand, winner of the Ribblesdale Stakes (Gr2), the Royal Ascot meeting’s Oaks.
The representative of the Chinese owner Ling Tsui and her son Christopher is not entered in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr1) but her Irish performance makes it very tempting to pay €120,000 to supplement her in the €5m race …
William Haggas immediately said he was thinking about such a venture, with a stopover at either York or ParisLongchamp for the Qatar Prix Vermeille (Gr1) in the meantime.
The British and Irish bookmakers have in any case placed Sea of Class in the top six contenders for Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe this year at odds ranging from 12/1 to 16/1, in the same range as QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club (Gr1) winner Study of Man (Deep Impact).
The Tsui family has already won the big French showdown twice, as Urban Sea (Miswaki) wore Ms. Tsui’s colors in 1993, and her son Sea the Stars (Cape Cross), winner of the 2009 renewal and sire of Sea of Class, ran for Christopher Tsui.
Next step on the Arc road Saturday in Ascot with the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Gr1), a summer version of the ParisLongchamp showpiece won last year by Enable (Nathaniel), aimed at the York Ebor meeting this season.