French Racing Roundup

French Racing Roundup

French Racing Roundup

Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr1)

Cracksman (Frankel) is one of the top contenders in the forthcoming Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr1). However, the Anthony Oppenheimer-owned colt, who races in the same colours as the 2015 ‘Arc’ winner Golden Horn, is coming off a disappointing second in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Gr1) at Royal Ascot. He was subsequently pencilled in for a crack at King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Gr1) at Ascot on July 28th, but is now expected to bypass the ‘summer’ version of the Arc.

Trainer John Gosden said: “He’s full of himself and is happy as anything. We’re freshening him at the moment and we’ll keep an eye on the King George but he’s more likely to be coming back for a late summer/autumn campaign. We’re not even halfway through the year yet.” Concerning Cracksman’s Royal Ascot run, the handler admitted that his charge was taking more interest in the fillies rather than concentrating on being a racehorse.

There have been five Japanese entries in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr 1) which will be run at ParisLongchamp on Sunday, October 7th, and ultimately the results of the big races in the land of the rising sun have already delivered their verdict on this score. The first half of the Japanese racing season climaxed on June 24th when the Takarazuka Kinen (Group 1) was the piece de résistance, and it was in this very race that Kiseki (Rulership) put his Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe claims on the line. However, his was a resounding failure, and today {Wednesday} his entourage announced that he was very unlikely to travel to France. Before that, two three-year-old fillies, Lucky Lilac (Orfèvre) and Satono Walkure (Deep Impact), had their bubbles burst as regards a potential Parisian trip after failing in the Japanese equivalent of the Prix de Diane. Similarly, connections of Gendarme (Kitten’s Joy) also declined to go down the French route after the colt failed to come up to scratch in the Japanese Derby.

Consequently, only one Japanese runner will come under orders on the first Sunday in October at ParisLongchamp. He is the four-year-old colt, Clincher (Deep Sky), who is coming off a creditable third in the spring version of the Tenno Sho (Emperor’s Cup) (Group 1) over 3.200 metres on April 29th. He is expected to leave Japan for Chantilly on August 23rd, and the plan is to tackle the Qatar Prix Foy (Group 2) at ParisLongchamp on September 16th en route to the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Yutaka Take, who enjoys cult status in Japanese racing, will be in the plate. Clincher is outsider material in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and bookmakers are quoting him at 33-1.


Darley Prix de Cabourg (Gr3)

Darley and France Galop launch Darley Two-Year-Old Series

The G1 Prix Morny, which takes place at Deauville in August and is one of the highlights of the French racing calendar, has been sponsored by Darley since 2006. This year, Darley have extended their sponsorship to two races traditionally viewed as a stepping stone to the Morny, the G2 Prix Robert Papin and the G3 Prix de Cabourg.

The three legs of the new Darley Series will commence on Sunday, 22 July with the Darley Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte, followed by the Darley Prix de Cabourg at Deauville on Sunday, 29 July and will conclude with the Darley Prix Morny on Sunday, 19 August.

The breeder of the Prix Morny winner will receive a 2019 nomination to a Darley stallion up to the value of €10,000. If the winner has also landed either of the previous legs of the Darley series, this will increase to €20,000.

As of Wednesday 11th July, eighteen two-year-old colts and thirteen fillies, a third of which are based in France, have been entered in the Darley Prix de Cabourg (Gr3), the second stage of the Darley Series after the Darley Prix Robert Papin (Gr2).

Run over a distance of 6 furlongs on Sunday 29th July, this race is held during the Prix Rothschild (Gr1) event, the first big race day of the Barrière Deauville Meeting.
Dabirsim and Ervedya are the most recent winners of the race to go on to triumph at Group 1 level.

Dabirsim did the double with the Darley Prix Morny (Gr1), which is scheduled for 19th August this year and is the third stage of the Darley Series.
French trainer Freddy Head has won the last two edition of the Prix de Cabourg, with Alrahma then Tantatheem, two fillies owned by Sheik Hamdan Al Maktoum.

The former also finished second in the Darley Prix Morny, which was won by American horse Lady Aurelia in 2016.

Fourteen of the last fifteen editions of the Darley Prix de Cabourg were won by thoroughbreds trained in France.
Late entries close on Friday 20th July.

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