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Sextet bids for Jacques le Marois prestige

10 August 2017

With just a few months left to run, the flat season is well into its intergenerational stage, with three year-olds taking on their older counterparts. The Gr.1 Prix Jacques le Marois, fifth stage of the Epiqe Series, is set for Sunday at Deauville with just six horses going to post for the straight mile highlight. What the race may lack in numbers, it more than makes up for in quality.
Jean-Claude Rouget’s Taareef is the lone older horse in the field but he looks an outstanding prospect despite having to give a lot of weight to the field. He returned from his long break with a brace of Gr.3 victories and latterly beat André Fabre’s 2,000 Guineasthird, Al Wukair, by two lengths in the Prix Messidor at Maisons-Laffitte. Admittedly the latter may have needed the run after his brief spell, and he is likely to be considerably sharper on this occasion.
Thunder Snow is certain to attract significant support following his convincing Gr.1 Prix Jean Prat success at Chantilly in which he ended Trais Fluors unbeaten run. 
The field is complemented by Inns Of Court, winner of two successive Gr.3’s, and Gold Luck who finished 2½ lengths third to Thunder Snow in the Prix Jean Prat.
Picture: Taareef winning Prix Messidor ahead of Al Wukair last month at Maisons-Laffitte