Macaire set to dominate Auteuil proceedings
06 October 2017
The Prix Georges de Talhouet-Roy is the feature race on Sunday’s card at Auteuil, which incorporates no fewer than four graded races. This G.II hurdles event restricted to three year-olds, run over 3600m (2m), looks to be Guillaume Macaire’s for the taking. In the five-strong field he is responsible for 60% of the runners and sends out the Prix Robert Lejeune 1-2-3, Beau Gosse, Master Dino and Tunis. They will be opposed by two newcomers to this level, the David Cottin-trained Ajas, and Francois Nicolle’s Pirate Du Rheu.
Macaire also has an outstanding chance in the G.III Prix Héros XII chase for older horses over 4400m (2¾m), with the return of So French over fences following his early-September comeback in the hurdles division, in which he was beaten by Perfect Impulse. The indefatigable Shannon Rock, and recent Listed winner, Bipolaire, also take their place at the start.
The G.III Prix Orcada (4400m - 2¾m) has attracted a field of eight four year-olds bidding for a spot in the Prix Maurice Gillois. The first four home in the Prix Edmond Barrachin, Dalia Grandchamp, Edward D’Argent, Petellat Du Rheu and Srelighonn are all in, as is Guy Cherel’s promising Daring Rose who fell on that occasion. Dica De Thaix and the improving On The Go are also interesting candidates.
The G.III Prix Carmarthen (3900m - 2m3½f) hurdles contest for older horses is not normally a race that goes Macaire’s way but he will be represented here by the classy Device who secured the G.III Prix de Compiègne from Alex de Larredya on his first start back three weeks ago. Another in with a chance is the British-trained Agrapart who makes his first racecourse appearance since finishing third in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last March.
Picture: Grand-Steeple winner So French back in action on Sunday in Prix Héros XII
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