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Prix Jacques le Marois 2018 runners

06 August 2018

With €1,000,000 on offer and a host of high-class elements in the field, the Gr.1 Prix Jacques le Marois is unquestionably the highlight of the Deauville summer meeting. Possibly the most coveted mile races on the European circuit, it once more looks an extremely competitive affair.
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1  Noor Al Hawa
Third in the German Guineas in 2016, he has subsequently acquitted himself well since. Not having been in the care of Elias Mikhalides for long, he won the Gr.3 Grand Prix de Vichy in good order last month and if he can take the step up in class, should give a competitive account of himself.
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2  Recoletos
Third in the 2017 Jockey-Club, he won the Prix d’Ispahan at Longchamp late May before missing out in the Queen Anne S. He is playing at home this time and his chances of exacting revenge on Accidental Agent look good.
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3  Trais Fluors
Fourth in this race twelve months ago, he has since gone through some highs and lows. He is a quality individual but has his limits. To win a race of this nature he will need to find something extra but a spot in the money is not beyond his reach.
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4  Accidental Agent
Winner of one of the UK’s biggest handicaps last season, he took his game to another level in June when landing the Gr.1 Queen Anne S. at Royal Ascot on just his second start at group level. He still looks to have a lot to give and can be expected to generate considerable interest.
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5  Success Days
Winner of a Gr.2 at York last autumn, he has been completely dominated in all of his appearances at this level of competition. Never seen over this short a trip, his task seems an arduous one at best.
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6  Zalamea
Bought out of a claimer in the spring of 2017 he does not have the credentials of many of his rivals. He ran third of four in the Gr.3 Prix Messidor three weeks ago and appears to have a stiff task ahead of him.
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7  Intellogent
This Intello colt’s 2018 success reflects that of his handler, Fabrice Chappet. After running fourth in the Jockey-Club, he established himself as one of the best French milers following his Jean Prat victory. He faces older horses for the first time but still looks classy enough to give them a run for their money.
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8  Cascadian
Trained by André Fabre, this Godolphin colt made a belated, but successful, return to competition this season. He then went on to finish a close second to Intellogent in the Prix Jean Prat (over course and distance) and appears sufficiently progressive to make a big splash this weekend.
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9  Romanised
His Irish 2,000 Gns. success was nothing short of a surprise, even though he dominated some high-class opposition. He could finish no closer than 7th in the St. James’s Palace S. next time but will still have his supporters.
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10  Alpha Centauri
This Niarchos filly outclassed her rivals in the Irish 1,000 GuineasCoronation S. and the Falmouth S. While undoubtedly a champion in her own generation, she takes on some older horses, including males, but nevertheless looks good enough to hold her own and secure a fourth Group 1 in succession.
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11  With You
His trainer, Freddy Head, has secured the first two Gr.1 races of the meeting, including the Prix Rothschild with this filly. She imposed with such consummate ease that day that her place in the favourites’ list can be assured.
 
 
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