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Weekly Round Up

04 May 2021

It has been a busy week with all three codes having Black type races with highlights including Longchamp's Sunday programme, Auteuil last Friday, Argentan's big day plus much more...

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Date

Wednesday 28 April

Venue

La Teste (Good)

Race

R6 – G3 Sheikh Mansoor Festival - Prix Dormane (1900m)

Type

For four-year-old pure Arab breds

Winner

Abbes

Jockey

Olivier Peslier

Trainer

Thomas Fourcy

Breeding

TM Fred Texas x Raqiyah

Second

 Munir du Soleil

Third

 Hoggar De L'Ardus

Lacking early speed, the four-year-old settled midfield throughout the contest. However, as the field entered the home straight, he was able to receive a clear run and the grey proved too strong putting a nose in front and producing the first of three home for trainer Thomas Fourcy.

 

 

 

Date

Wednesday 28 April

Venue

Saint Cloud (Good)

Race

R6 – G3 Prix d'Estruval (2500m)

Type

For four- and five-year-olds fillies and Mares. Pure Arab breds.

Winner

Hester d'Athon

Jockey

Christopher Grosbois

Trainer

Alain Couétil

Breeding

Doctor Dino x Victoire d'Athom

Second

 Gazelle d'Authie

Third

 Génola

Settled in mid-field throughout with the four year old filly showing a good attitude at the finish to make headway and fight off rivals for a cosy success to remain unbeaten from two career outings.

 

Date

Saturday 1 May

Venue

Saint Cloud (Good to soft)

Race

R4 – G2 Prix Greffulhe (2100m)

Type

For three year olds only

Winner

Baby Rider

Jockey

Stéphane Pasquier

Trainer

Pascal Bary

Breeding

Gleneagles x Gyrella

Second

Smile Makers

Third

Martial Eagle

Baby Rider gained a hat trick while winning Black type status after the son of Gleneagles was prominent from start to finish. He had to dig deep to overcome Smile Makers as they duelled out the final 400m.  This provided Coolmore Stud-based stallion Gleneagles his ninth stakes winner. Baby Rider holds an interesting pedigree with being a sister to 2017 G1 Epsom Derby (2400m) winner Wings Of Eagles (Pour Moi).

 

Date

Saturday 1 May

Venue

Saint Cloud

Race

R5 – G2 Prix du Muguet (1600m)

Type

For four-year-olds and above

Winner

Duhail

Jockey

Vincent Cheminaud

Trainer

André Fabre

Breeding

Lope de Vega x Single

Second

Prêtreville

Third

Victor Ludorum

Duhail was simply the best in the feature at Saint Cloud when the five-year-old gelding drew away by one and a half lengths for a seventh win in thirteen outings. This meant it was an 80th stakes level victory for stallion Lope De Vega.

 

Date

Saturday 1 May

Venue

Saint Cloud

Race

R6 – G3 Prix Cléopâtre (2100m)

Type

For three-year-old fillies

Winner

Harajuku

Jockey

Stéphane Pasquier

Trainer

André Fabre

Breeding

Deep Impact et Phaenomena

Second

Incarville

Third

Crohanne

The three-year-old daughter of Deep Impact accelerated past pace setter Incarville nicely in the final 150m delivering a cosy triumph for a second visit to the winners enclosure in five starts. The late Shadai Stallion station-based stallion, Deep Impact had his 173rd stakes winner with this G3 success.

 

Date

Sunday 2 May

Venue

Longchamp (Good)

Race

R2 – Listed Prix Finlande (1800m)

Type

For three-year-old fillies

Winner

Petricor

Jockey

Pierre-Charles Boudot

Trainer

Andre Fabre

Breeding

Frankel X Ruscombe

Second

Sky Sister

Third

Roman Bambe

The Juddmonte owned-Petricor was off the mark at stakes level when becoming Frankel’s 65th individual stakes winner. This Andre Fabre-trained filly was strongly fancied for the Listed contest following a promising second in the G3 Prix Vanteaux (1800m) last month. The daughter of Frankel justified favouritism with a short-neck defeat of Sky Sister. Frankel stands at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket for a fee of £175,000

 

Date

Sunday 2 May

Venue

Longchamp

Race

R3 – Listed Prix Du Pont Neuf (1400m)

Type

For three-year-olds only

Winner

Coachello

Jockey/Driver

Olivier Peslier

Trainer

Romain Le Dren Doleuze

Breeding

Dunkerque X Rock Harmonie 

Second

Erasmo 

Third

Go Athletico 

The daughter of Dunkerque was always well-positioned by Olivier Peslier as the pair sat in second position for much of the journey. The three-year-old gelding quickened up nicely to run out a comfortable winner. Sire Dunkerque was a progressive sprinter in France and a full brother to Group One winner Dedication. He currently stands for a fee of €2,000.

 

Date

Sunday 2 May

Venue

Longchamp

Race

R5 – Listed Prix De L’avre (2400m)

Type

For three-year-olds only

Winner

Fenelon

Jockey/Driver

Stephane Pasquier

Trainer

N. Clement

Breeding

Fastnet Rock X Aigue Marine 

Second

Soldier Rising

Third

The Famous Five

The Nicolas Clement-trained Fenelon was held up in the rear for most of the journey but came with a well-timed push to take up the running just past the 300m pole. The son of Fastnet Rock quickly put distance between himself and the rest of the field to run out a comfortable one-and-a-half-length winner. The three-year-old is by a champion Australian sprinter and out of a Galileo mare, Aigue Marine. Fastnet Rock currently stands at Coolmore Stud for a fee of €50,000.

 

Date

Sunday 2 May

Venue

Longchamp

Race

R7 – G3 Prix Allex France (2000m)

Type

For four-year-old and above (Fillies and mares only)

Winner

Ebaiyra

Jockey/Driver

Christohpe Soumillon

Trainer

Alain de Royer-Dupre

Breeding

Distorted Humour X Ebiyza

Second

Raabihah

Third

All Rumours

The Aga Khan-owned four-year-old was keen enough in a race run at a moderate tempo. However, the Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained filly still managed to come with a late sustained effort to run down favourite Raabihah. By top US dirt miler Distorted Humour and out of an Aga Khan mare Ebiyza, the already Group One placed filly looks capable of further progression as the season goes on.

Date

Sunday 2 May

Venue

Longchamp

Race

R8 – G3 Prix de Barbeville (3100m)

Type

For four year olds and above

Winner

Skazino

Jockey/Driver

Mickael Barzalona 

Trainer

Cedric Rossi

Breeding

Kendargent X Skallet

Second

Sheraz

Third

Karlarina

Skazino ran out a ready four-and-a-half length winner of the 3100m G3 on Sunday. Always towards the rear under the patient Mickael Barzalona the pair came with a sustained effort to take up the running past the 450m pole. The son of Kendargent lengthened away nicely to put daylight between himself and the rest of the field. A full brother to the high-class Skaletti the five-year-old looks to be improving with age and should be capable of stepping up in grade in the future.

 

Jump

 

Date

Thursday 29 April

Venue

Compiègne (Heavy)

Race

R1 – Listed Prix Gaston Branère handicap hurdle (2600m)

Type

Hurdle, for four-year-olds

Winner

Martator

Jockey

Paul Moreau

Trainer

Joël Boisnard

Breeding

Martaline x Tornada

Second

 Colbert du Berlais

Third

 Karuso de Gruchy

Martator travelled favourably on the inside throughout and jumped to perfection landing this Listed prize. He showed good speed towards the final hurdle and stretched clear from the field for a second success after nine starts to remain unbeaten at the track.

 

Date

Thursday 29 April

Venue

Compiègne

Race

R5 – G3 Prix Hopper steeplechase (3800m)

Type

Steeplechase, for four-year-olds

Winner

Gold Tweet

Jockey

Johnny Charron

Trainer

Gabriel Leenders

Breeding

On Est Bien x Goldance

Second

 Lina Rez

Third

 Hawai Tree

Gold Tweet came from last to first to win the feature at Compiegne with the added challenge of a loose horse to contend with in the closing stages. However, Johnny Charron steered the gelding to the grandstand rail and powered clear for a twelve-length victory.

 

Date

Friday 30 April

Venue

Auteuil (Very Soft)

Race

R1 – Listed Prix Girofla Hurdle (3000m)

Type

Hurdle, for three-year old fillies only

Winner

Les Yeux Vert

Jockey

Gaëtan Masure

Trainer

François Nicolle

Breeding

Martaline x Fleurs des Yeux

Second

 Sideralis

Third

 Lady Martaline

Les Yeux Vert looked a very smart prospect in the opening race at Auteuil drawing clear to win by 20 lengths. The daughter of Martaline now remains unbeaten in two lifetime outings coming both at Auteuil over 3000m including a debut triumph four weeks prior to this eye-catching win.

 

Date

Friday 30 April

Venue

Auteuil

Race

R2 – Listed Prix Go Ahead Hurdle (3000m)

Type

Hurdle, for three-year-old colts only

Winner

Impressive

Jockey

Johnny Charron

Trainer

H&G. Lageneste & Macaire

Breeding

Kapgarde x Terrific

Second

 Tonguetted

Third

 Latino des Isles

Owner,  Mme Patrick Papot gained a quick-fire double at Auteuil with Impressive, a five-length winner to keep the perfect record intact – of now three victories from three starts. The three-year-old son of Kapgarde is open to further progress and looks one to note.

 

Date

Friday 30 April

Venue

Auteuil

Race

R3 – G3 Prix Ingré Chase (4400m)

Type

Steeplechase, for five-year-olds and above

Winner

Le Berry

Jockey

Kévin Nabet

Trainer

David Cottin

Breeding

Gémix x Kalberry

Second

 Feu Follet

Third

 Figuéro

Last season’s top four-year-old chaser continued the trend of high-grade form when gaining a ninth career success in ten attempts. Despite a small field, the class dominated and there was a decent pace throughout. Le Berry was tested at some of the fences where he had to fully extend out. When the field turned for home, Le Berry appeared to be going best but there was a scare for Kévin Nabet when he stumbled on landing two out. Luckily, he recovered and displayed his superiority fighting back to pass Feu Follet in the last stride.

 

Date

Friday 30 April

Venue

Auteuil

Race

R4 – G3 Grande Course de Haies de Printemps handicap Hurdle (4300m)

Type

Handicap Hurdle, for five-year-olds and above

Winner

Gex

Jockey

James Reveley

Trainer

Emmanuel Clayeux

Breeding

Khalkevi x Mexcala

Second

King of Run

Third

Anouma Freedom

Despite being held up behind, Gex got the luck that was required to come down the centre of the track in a wide-open handicap hurdle. As they landed over the last obstacle, there was still six chances but James Reveley’s mount had a little extra in the run in to get the better of King of Run.

 

Date

Friday 30 April

Venue

Auteuil

Race

R6 – G2 Prix Amadou Hurdle (3900m)

Type

Hurdle, for four-year-olds

Winner

Hermès Baie

Jockey

Bertrand Lestrade

Trainer

François Nicolle

Breeding

Crillon et Ludmika

Second

Raffles Face

Third

Gallipoli

Hermès Baie continued to show promise landing his fourth victory from seven racecourse appearances. This time Bertrand Lestrade made a bold decision to be the only one to be on the inside of the track down the back straight which paid off at the finish. In the final 600m, the leading trio opened by fifteen lengths and proved a class above the rest. Hermès Baie however quickened again and proved one of the best four year old Hurdlers in France

 

Date

Friday 30 April

Venue

Auteuil

Race

R9 – Listed Prix Philippe Ménager Steeplechase (4400m)

Type

Steeplechase, for four-year-olds only

Winner

Yes Indeed

Jockey

James Reveley

Trainer

H&G. Lageneste & Macaire

Breeding

Martaline x She Hates Me

Second

Hades

Third

Chorail Debelair

Yes Indeed jumped beautifully to take the final race on the programme despite James Reveley needing to knuckle down on the four year old to justify strong market support.

 

Trotting

 

Date

Tuesday 27 April 2021

Venue

Vincennes

Race

R5 – G2 Sulky Summer Races 3 Ans – Qualifier one (Prix Paul Karle) (2100m)

Type

Driven, for three-year-old colts

Winner

Italiano Vero

Driver

David Thomain

Trainer

Philippe Allaire

Breeding

Ready Cash x Baraka d'Henlou

Second

Idéal Ligneries

Third

In The Money

The three-year-old son of Ready Cash almost made all under David Thomain justifying strong market support and gaining a seventh success from eleven career outings.  A narrow margin was secured over the persistent challenge of Idéal Ligneries. The progressive Italiano Vero recorded a kilometre rating of 1”12”2.

 

Date

Tuesday 27 April

Venue

Vincennes

Race

R7 – G2 Sulky Summer Races 3 Ans – Qualifier two (Prix Masina) (2100m)

Type

Driven autostart for three-year-old fillies

Winner

It's Now or Never

Driver

Franck Nivard

Trainer

Philippe Allaire

Breeding

Charly du Noyer x Deep Purple

Second

Inoubliable

Third

Illusive Artist

Three-year-old daughter of Charly du Noyer, It's Now or Never recorded a fourth career success in eleven attempts. She produced a great fourth in the G1 Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson (2700m) at the Winter Meeting and appears to be one to keep in mind.

 

Date

Wednesday 28 April

Venue

Maure-de-Bretagne

Race

R1 – G3 Grand Prix de Maure-de-Bretagne (Grand National du Trot) (2850m)

Type

Driven, for five- to ten-year-olds

Winner

Crack Money

Driver

Cédric Terry

Trainer

Patrick Terry

Breeding

Singalo x Quiona

Second

 Epsom d'Herfraie

Third

 Golden Bridge

Crack Money proved age was no barrier gaining a seventeenth career success at the age of nine from 43 attempts. Always close to the pace he had a clear route to burst home in the final 200m overcoming Epsom d'Herfraie in the final strides.

 

Date

Friday 30 April

Venue

Vincennes

Race

R5 – G3 Prix Antigone (2850m)

Type

Mounted, for five- to ten-year-olds

Winner

Freeman de Houelle

Driver

Eric Raffin

Trainer

Franck Leblanc

Breeding

Vigove et Rafina de Houelle

Second

Byrh Gédé

Third

Edition Géma

Barefooted six-year-old, Freeman de Houelle continued Eric Raffin’s flying form on Friday afternoon at Vincennes. (Where he had four winners). There was a strong pace throughout but Freeman de Houelle kicked clear inside the final 400m to be a comprehensive winner and gain a hat trick after success in the G3 Prix Cornelia (2850m) and the G2 Prix Louis Forcinal (2700m).

 

Date

Sunday 2 May

Venue

Argentan

Race

R8 – G2 Critérium de Vitesse de Basse-Normandie (1609m)

Type

Autostart driven, International for four- to ten-year-olds

Winner

Ce Bello Romain

Driver

Mathieu Mottier

Trainer

Sylvain Gérard Dupont

Breeding

Jam Pridem x Miss Echo Bella

Second

Valokaja Hindö

Third

Digne et Droit

One of the biggest events of the year at Argentan did not disappoint with a great finish to this Group Two contest. Nine-year-old, Ce Bello Romain was always prominent tracking Bahia Quesnot (who eventually finished fourth) and in the home straight, Mathieu Mottier had a clear passage on the outside to sweep past the field in an eye-catching manner. The gelding had a successful Winter including at Vincennes with a success in the G3 Prix du Plateau de Gravelle (2100m).

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