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Let The Deauville Summer Carnival Begin!

31 July 2020

Following Thursday evening’s commencement of the Deauville Summer Carnival , this weekend will witness the first of the black-type races with two Group Three contests on Saturday followed by the first of five Group One races – the Prix Rothschild

This race is run over 1600m and restricted to fillies and mares, three-years-old and above. Of its long history the most successful champion to have competed in this event is Goldikova won in four consecutive years from 2008-2011. These four victories were part of the fourteen Group One wins achieved. 

There are four main chances in this year’s race with the 2019 Royal Ascot Group One Coronation Stakes (1600m) winner Watch Me headlining the runners. Returning after a lengthy break, the Francois-Henri Graffard trained four-year-old retuned to the racetrack in great form to win the Listed Prix de la Calonne (1600m) three weeks ago. Her main challenger will be G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (1600m) runner-up Speak of the Devil with the Godolphin runners Half Light and Summer Romance both capable of running a forward race.  

Traditionally the Group Three Prix de Cabourg (1200m) is the final lead-up contest for the two-years-olds ahead of the Group One Prix Morny (1200m) to be run in three weeks. The main chances in the contest include the one start maiden victor Prince Lancelot trained by Fabrice Chappet, whilst Axdavali could bounce back after disappointing in the G2 Prix Robert Papin (1200m) two weeks ago at Chantilly. He is the only black-type placed runner contesting the event. International challengers include the undefeated Mick Channon trained Cairn Gorn and Archie Watson prepared Mighty Gurkha.          

Two Group Three contests are to be held on Saturday. The two-year-old fillies will contest the Prix Six Perfections (1400m) whilst the three-year-old fillies will race in the Prix de Psyché (2000m). A Listed contest over 1000m for three-year-olds and above compliments the card.   

Picture: © APHR Deauville

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