Prix Jean Prat. A most attractive proposition

6 July 2024

Beauvatier

Run over a mile from 2005, the Gr.1 Prix Jean Prat was shortened to 1400m in 2019, making Deauville’s Sunday highlight the only top-level European 3yo race over the distance and, as such, attracts a host of quality overseas horses.

After Fabrice Chappet struck with Intellogent in 2018, four years went by without a domestic victory until Chappet’s Good Guess brought the trophy home 12 months ago.

French hopes for the 2024 edition lie with Beauvatier who is on a quest for redemption after his Poule d’Essai disappointment, a race, according to his trainer Yann Barberot, that can be best left in the past. The colt is thriving at home and, racing over his preferred trip this Sunday, will be expected to put things right.

Tight second in Gr.3 Prix Paul de Moussac last month, Havana Cigar will need to take his game up a notch if he is to contend, but he is still progressing and is not without his chances. Fourth that day, stablemate Puchkine has been supplemented for the occasion. Sajir, Monteille  and Zandy complete the French offering.

Notable among the foreign representation is the David Menuisier-trained Devil’s Point who has done nothing but improve since coming 3rd in the Prix Djebel over a straight 1400m at Deauville in April, and Charlie Hills’ Iberianwho has yet to recapture his 2023 form. 

Respectively, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, in the Poule d’Essai des PoulichesKathmanduVespertilio, and Romantic Style will all have legitimate aspirations.

Complementing the afternoon’s showpiece, the Prix de Ris-Orangis, a 1200m Gr.3 for 3yo and up, had until recently been standard fare for French sprinters, but English-trained horses have prevailed in three of the last four editions.

Although never having run below 1400m, multiple group-winner, and confirmed miler, Tribalist tries his hand at the sprinting game and will be expected to defend local honour, as will 2023 Prix Jean Prat third, Breizh Sky who, himself, has not been seen over 1200m since his 2022 debut. The Marseille-based Game Run, who recently reassured at Saint-Cloud and veteran Batwan will also line up.

Leading the overseas charge is Karl Burke’s SpycatcherShartash and Saint Lawrence sent out by Archie Watson, while James Tate is set to run the particularly progressive Electric StormShouldvebeenaring has been supplemented by Richard Hannon on Thursday morning. 

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