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Preview: Prix d’Harcourt

11 April 2021

We look at the runners in the G2 Prix d’Harcourt (2000m) at Longchamp including Skaletti, Mare Australis and Gold Trip…

Skaletti  

Skaletti made a triumphant return to France scoring in impressive style the G3 Prix Exbury (2000m), beating Grand Glory by three and a half lengths. Trainer Jérôme Reynier reported that the six-year-old had not travelled well to Sha Tin when disappointing in the G1 Hong Kong Cup (2000m) prior. Skaletti will have race fitness on his side and his second in the G1 Champion Stakes (2000m) at Ascot in October is top-class form.  

Gold Trip  

Gold Trip was given a Classic campaign as a three-year-old but disappointed in the G1 Prix du Jockey Club (2100m). It became clear after a third in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris (2400m) that a longer trip suited the colt and he ended the season with an eye-catching fourth in the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m). This test is likely to be too sharp for him on seasonal reappearance.  

Sky Power  

Sky Power takes a step up in grade for his seasonal reappearance. As a three-year-old, he was campaigned in handicaps and conditions races and ended 2020 with a victory in the Listed Prix Lyphard (1900m) at Deauville. It will be his first attempt over 2000m.  

Monty  

Monty has the advantage of race fitness over some of his opponents, having already raced twice this year. He arguably produced a career best when scoring by three-quarters of a length in a Class 1 conditions at La Teste-de-Buch on 24 March but will need to show more to feature.   

Glycon  

Glycon remains lightly raced for a five-year-old and has been campaigned carefully by trainer Jean-Claude-Rouget. Unbeaten in two starts as a three-year-old he caught the eye when winning the G3 La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte (2000m) at Longchamp in September. He’s proven over the distance and could spring a surprise. Jean-Claude Rouget currently has a win strike rate of 34%.  

Ecrivain  

Ecrivan was touted as a Classic candidate in 2020 but failed to go close in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1600m) or the G1 Prix du Jockey Club (2100m). He was given some confidence boosting runs in conditions races to end his three-year-old season and returned after a break with a third behind Skaletti in the G3 Prix Exbury (2000m). Place candidate.  

Mare Australis  

Mare Australis showed plenty of potential as a three-year-old and remains unexposed after four starts. He ended the season with a second in the G2 Prix du Conseil de Paris (2200m) and has potential for improvement, especially as his sire’s offspring tend to progress with age.  

Algiers  

Algiers was given plenty of time as a three-year-old and broke his maiden on the fifth attempt in a conditions race at Saint-Cloud in August. He seemed to relish the stamina test when backing up in the Listed Prix Turenne (2400m) at the same track in September, beating Zeyrek by one and three quarter lengths. Will perhaps prefer a longer distance than 2000m.  

Pontille  

Pontille comes with plenty of experience and has raced well in Group and Listed events before, notably placing second in the G3 Prix Belle de Nuit (2800m) at Saint-Cloud in October. This will be a tougher task against mixed company.  

   

WIN – SKALETTI
DARK HORSE – GLYCON  

 

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