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Watch Me Wins Prix Rothschild

03 August 2020

Feature race of the weekend was the G1 Prix Rothschild run over the straight 1600m at Deauville. A field of six fillies and mares faced the starter with Watch Me starting a short priced, odds-on favourite on the PMU at 1.7.  

Settling behind the early pace, Watch Me travelled kindly for jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot. He secured a run on the near-side rail just before the 200m and moved up to the well supported Half Light and Know It All. The scene was then set for a three-way thriller to the line. Class prevailed and Watch Me drew clear in the final meters to score by three-quarters of a length to record her second Group One success.    

The weekend was complimented with three races at Group Three level, one for three-year-old fillies and the other two for two-year-olds.   

A potential new superstar was uncovered when Raabihah easily won the Prix de Psyche (2000m) by three-and half lengths. Trainer Jean-Claude Rouget was full of praise for the filly declaring her the best filly currently in training in France. He believes she can win a Group One race and connections are aiming high with a run in the G1 Prix Vermeille (2400m) as her next target on 13 September followed by the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. On breeding, 2400m should be her ideal distance.   

The two-year-old fillies contested the Prix Six Perfections (1400m) where the unbeaten See The Rose maintained her winning record scoring by three-quarters of a length. She is now three wins from three starts and a logical progression would be the G2 Prix Calvados over 1400m later this month. Well-bred she was purchased at the August Arqana Sale in 2019 for €180,000.   

The other Group Three race at the weekend was the Prix de Cabourg (1200m) where the UK trained Cairn Gorm won defeating fellow UK horse Jubilation by one length.   

Picture: © APHR Watch Me winning Prix Rothschild