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Week In Review

08 September 2020

Another week with plenty of Black-Type races conducted in the world of French racing across all three codes – flat (thoroughbred and Arab), jumps and trotting.    

Here is a summary of the major events.    


On Wednesday, Châtelaillon-La Rochelle staged a further round of the G3 Grand National Du Trot (2625m). The importance of shoes was shown as the first five all were barefoot. It was Elie De Beaufour who made all to take a narrow success fending off Diable De Vauvert in the home straight. The winner started an odds-on favourite and maintains a great record this summer.    

 Vincennes hosted three Group races on Saturday.    

The G3 Prix de Montier-en-Der (2850m) saw Lover Boy make steady progress throughout the race to move up to the leaders on the home turn and then quicken winning in dominant style and achieve a four timer. This was both a first victory at Vincennes and a Group contest for the five-year-old.    

In the G2 Prix d'Eté (2700m) a familiar and prolific winning name again produced an impressive win – CleangameIn winning he completed a hat-trick of Group Two victories. This is the highest level Cleangame can contest in French managed races being a gelding.    

For the owner of Cleangame, Jean-Michel Rancoule, he had a further success on Sunday at Craon when Duel de Gers won the final of the G3 Trophy Vert (2800m). This victory confirmed his dominance in the 2020 series having won four heats at provincial grass tracks during the past four months.      

A mounted contest – the G2 Prix de Basly (2175m) – went the way of Héros de Fleur who raced unchallenged, outclassed his rivals and in the process recorded his first Group success.    


Thursday’s Longchamp card featured four Black-Type races.    

The G3 Prix d'Arenberg (1000m) saw Kalahara prevail and deny an international win for the United States Wesley Ward trained WinkThe winning filly is by Frankel.    

Paix took victory in the G3 Prix de Lutèce (3000m) and continued her rapid rise. Having won her maiden over 2400m four starts ago she has subsequently won a Listed race and placed in a G3. Paix is a filly with a very bright staying future.    

The Listed Prix de la Cochère (1600m) for fillies and mares gave stallion Acclamation his fifty-fifth stakes victory with Testa winning by a short head.    

There was international success in the Listed Prix de Liancourt (2100m) for UK trainer Roger Varian as Angel Power continued her ongoing upward progression posting a cosy win, She has now had three wins from six starts.    

La Teste on Friday featured the Listed Prix Occitanie (1900m). Conte De Fee was a surprise winner at big odds. The three-year-old filly handled the rise in class following her maiden win over 1600m at Clairefontaine. This gave Sea The Stars his sixty-ninth stakes winner.    

Saturday, La Teste De Buch staged the Listed Prix Millkom (1600m) with the Godolphin owned Zeigfeld justifing the market support by making all for jockey and trainer combination of Mickeal Barzalona and Andre Fabre. He progressed from a maiden win at Deauville to this contest.    

Craon also conducted a black type race on Saturday with the running of the Prix Haras de Bouquetot (Critérium de l'Ouest 1650m). In a four-way photo Tokyo Gold surprised many by rising significantly in grade from a St Malo maiden victory over 1600m.    

Sunday was the first of two weekends of trial races at Longchamp for the upcoming Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend to be held on the weekend 3 & 4 October.    

The highlight race was the G1 Prix du Moulin (1600m) won by Persian King.   

The G3 Prix La Rochette (1400m) is for horses aiming to run in the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (1600m). Go Athletico denied the favourite, Naval Crown, of success and remains progressive winning this Group Three following a second in the Listed Prix Roland De Chambure (1400m) in July.    

It was a bunched finish for the G3 La Coupe De Maisions Laffitte (2000m). Glycon worked home steadily with a well-timed ride by jockey Cristian Demuro. There is a lot of upside with this horse having now had five starts for four wins and a second. Trained by Jean-Claude RougetGlyon will have plenty of race options during the coming months to build on his success to date.      

Chachnak defied a 1kg weight penalty to just prevail during the final stages of the G3 Prix du Prince d'Orange (2000m). He started at a big price despite previously winning a G3 trial race prior to finishing down the track in the G1 Prix du Jockey Club in early July.    

The trial for the G1 Prix du Cadran saw the stayers compete in the G3 Prix Gladiateur (3100m). Called To The Bar had the perfect trip throughout to make it a third consecutive victory in the G3.   


La Teste De Buch on Friday staged two G2 Arab bred contests for three-year-ols. The French Arabian Breeders Challenge – Poulains (2000m) went the way of Mujazif in the colt’s division who just prevailed to deny Sir Monlau. In the fillies French Arabian Breeders Challenge – Pouliches (2000m) Alkedri hit top gear in the final 200m outclassing her rivals to make it back-to-back victories.    


Auteuil hosted the Listed Prix Mélanos on Friday. Gardons Le Sourire appeared to be the one to beat after winning the G1 Prix Ferdinand Dufaure at Compiegne in June. The four-year-old however could not match the finish from market outsider Irrésistibles who went clear to score an impressive 5L victory.