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Bastille Day Success for Vaucelles and Volkan Star

17 July 2020

Four Black Type races featured at Longchamp on Tuesday for the traditional Bastille Day programme.

Godolphin continued their French Group winning streak with success in the G3 Prix de Lys for three-year-old colts. Having scored in a 2000m listed contest at Newmarket (UK), the Charlie Appleby trained Volkan Star stepped up in class and scored impressively by three quarters of a length. Based on the colt’s performance, he will be a genuine contender in top middle-distance races in the autumn.

The 3yr old fillies 2400m equivalent race, the G2 Prix de Malleret, saw the combination of trainer Pascal Bary and jockey Christophe Soumillon win with the progressive Vaucelles. Previously having contested the G1 Prix Saint-Alary and also finishing fourth at only her second race start, connections obviously have a high opinion of her ability and this three-quarters of length win franked her talent. Closely related to Black-Type performers Vaucelles has plenty of race choices to contest going forward. No doubt her quest is to win further Group races and irrespective of where her racing programme takes her, she will become a valuable broodmare asset for prominent owner Gérard Augustin-Normand.   

Each year the Longchamp Bastille Day meeting is highlighted by the 1400m 2yr old Listed race – Prix Roland de Chambure. Kings Harlequin won this years’ renewal for trainer Nicolas Clément and was ridden by Stephane Pasquier. This filly By Camelot settled and ran home strongly to win by half-length. There is G1 blood through her pedigree and based on her breeding, she could be suited to slightly longer journeys.  

The G2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil is the mid-summer’s stayers test run over 2800m. This year only four horses went to the start and it was the UK trained Red Verdon with Frankie Dettori judging the race to perfection defeating the favourite Called to the Bar by one and quarter lengths. Trained by Ed Dunlop he was race fit having previously won at Listed level in the UK at Doncaster over 2900m in June.

Picture: © APHR Vaucelles winning Prix de Malleret