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20 July 2021




 

Date

Sunday 18 July

Venue

Chantilly

Race

G3 Prix Messidor

Type

Three-year-old plus

Winner

Victor Ludorum

Jockey/Driver

Mickaël Barzalona

Trainer

André Fabre

Breeding

Shamardal x Antiquities

Second

Brentford Hope

Third

Kenway

Victor Ludorum bounced back from a modest fifth in the G1 Prix d’Ispahan (1850m) to land this easier contest with plenty to spare, defeating Brentford Hope (Camelot) by three lengths. Mickaël Barzalona was always in a handy position, travelling sweetly behind the runner-up before hitting the front at the 400m point. He breezed clear of his rivals thereafter. This was a first success since winning last season’s G1 Prix d’Essai des Poulains (1600m).

The André Fabre four-year-old hails from a top-class family which includes leading sires Street Cry (Machiavellian), Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway) and Territories (Invincible Spirit). We are likely to see Victor Ludorum return to the highest level, in the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois (1600m) at Deauville next month, where he could clash with top miler Palace Pier (Kingman).

 

Date

Sunday 18 July

Venue

Chantilly

Race

G2 Prix Robert Papin

Type

Two-year-olds

Winner

Atomic Force

Jockey/Driver

Stéphane Pasquier

Trainer

Kevin Ryan

Breeding

Cotai Glory x Atlas Silk

Second

Baghed

Third

Hellomydarlin

A straightforward success for the rapidly-improving Atomic Force, who completed a double over track and trip in style, making all the running. He had previously scored in the G3 Prix du Bois (1200m) and was delivering a first start for new owner Siu Pak Kwan, whose red and black-striped colours have been carried by the likes of Stormy Antarctic (Stormy Atlantic) and Came From The Dark (Dark Angel).

This Kevin-Ryan trained youngster has won three of four starts and provided his sire, Cotai Glory, with victory number 21 from 46 starters across Europe. He currently leads the first-season sire standings. The stallion provided other stakes performers including G2 Coventry Stakes (1200m) second Eldrickjones and Listed Windsor Castle (1000m) runner-up Dig Two. Cotai Glory stands at Tally Ho Stud for €5,000.

Atomic Force could head to the G2 Gimcrack Stakes (1200m) prior to a tilt at the G1 Prix de l’Abbaye (1000m) at the end of the season.

Date

Sunday 18 July

Venue

Chantilly

Race

G3 Prix Chloé

Type

Three-year-old fillies

Winner

Noticeable Grace

Jockey/Driver

Mickaël Barzalona

Trainer

André Fabre

Breeding

Make Believe x Redemption

Second

Rougir

Third

Creative Flair

Noticeable Grace prevailed in a three-way photo finish with a first win at Group level, capping a fine afternoon for André Fabre and Mickaël Barzalona. The three-year-old was under pressure a fair way out and needed every step of the 1800m distance to get up on the line, displaying a determined attitude.

This daughter of Make Believe (Makfi) was completing a hat-trick for owner-breeder Prince Faisal. She is a homebred and closely related to US Grade One winner Dubawi Heights (Dubawi), with her dam a half-sister to 1200m Group One winner Tante Rose (Barathea). She could now head to the G1 Prix de l’Opera (2000m).

Date

Sunday 18 July

Venue

Chantilly

Race

Listed Prix de la Pépinère

Type

Four-year-old plus fillies and mares

Winner

Seachange

Jockey/Driver

Maxime Guyon

Trainer

Carlos Laffon-Parias

Breeding

Siyouni x Ydillique

Second

Control Tower

Third

Nationalista

Although racing a shade keenly in the early stages, Seachange had something in reserve to record a first stakes success at the fourth attempt. The Wertheimer & Frère homebred daughter of Siyuoni (Pivotal) has shown dramatic improvement since resuming this campaign and has now achieved her goal of gaining black-type. This was the 50th stakes winner for Siyouni - who currently leads the leading sires table in France for earnings - with notable Group One winners including Sottsass, Ervedya, Laurens and St Mark’s Basilica. He stands at Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval for a fee of €140,000.

Date

Wednesday 14 July

Venue

Longchamp

Race

G2 Prix de Malleret

Type

Three-year-old fillies

Winner

Babylone

Jockey/Driver

Mickaël Barzalona

Trainer

André Fabre

Breeding

Invincible Spirit x Typique

Second

Adhafera

Third

Ricla

Babylone stepped up in grade and distance to land a first stakes success at Group Two level for André Fabre. The three-year-old filly was settled towards the rear of the field before manoeuvring for a run at the 400m marker. Mickaël Barzalona managed to weave a passage into the clear and swooped to lead inside the final 200m, holding off Adhafera (Sea The Stars) by a neck at the line.

This was a first Group success for owners Haras de Voltaire and gave Babylone’s sire - Invincible Spirit (Green Desert) - a 135th stakes victory. She hails from a top-class Niarchos family, with Babylone’s dam, Typique, descending from a Group One-winning two-year-old and a half-sister to 1200m Group Three-winner Loving Kindness and US Group three winner Snake Mountain (A.P.Indy). The family has also produced G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m) winner Bago, G1 Prix de Diane (2100m) scorer Senga and G1 Prix d’Ispahan (1800m) victor Maxios. Invincible Spirit stands at the Irish National Stud for a fee of €80,000.

Date

Wednesday 14 July

Venue

Longchamp

Race

G2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil

Type

Four-year-old plus

Winner

Valia

Jockey/Driver

Christophe Soumillon

Trainer

Alain de Royer Dupré

Breeding

Sea The Stars x Veda

Second

Skazino

Third

Sublimis

Valia avenged her defeat by Skazino (Kendargent) attempting a 300m shorter distance than when finishing runner-up to him in the G2 Prix Vicomtesse Vigier (3100m) previously. Christophe Soumillon nursed the Alain de Royer Dupré-trained four-year-old filly until challenging the front-running Skazino 400m from home. The pair battled bravely to the line with Valia just getting on top at the finish. Her race fitness and weight relief seemingly counted for plenty.

The Aga Khan homebred is a son of Sea The Stars (Cape Cross) and out of Veda (Dansili), runner-up in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (1600m) and half-sister to Valamar (Pivotal), who is out of a half-sister to G1 winners Vazira (Sea The Stars) and Vadawina (Unfuwain). Sea The Stars stands at the Aga Khan’s Gilltown Stud for a fee of €150,000.

We could potentially see Valia contest the G1 Yorkshire Oaks (2400m) prior to the long-term goal of racing in the G1 Prix de Royallieu (2800m) on Arc weekend.

 

Date

Monday 19 July

Venue

Vichy (Heavy)

Race

R4 – Listed Prix Frédéric de Lagrange (2400m)

Type

For three year olds only

Winner

Vauban

Jockey/Driver

Jules Mobian

Trainer

Philippe Decouz

Breeding

Galiway x Waldfest

Second

 Friendly Face

Third

 Smile Makers

Vauban gained a second career victory on Monday at Vichy. Settled midfield, he travelled nicely. There was a brief moment where he looked out paced however as he began to get the hang of things, he picked up and stayed on overtaking rivals to succeed in a very close finish. This triumph provided Galiway (Galileo) with his sixth individual stakes winner. The stallion also produced the winner of the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (1400m), Sealiway and stands at Haras de Colleville for €12,000.

Date

Saturday 17 July 2021

Venue

Enghien

Race

R6 – G3 Prix du Louvre (2875m)

Type

Driven for four- and five-year-olds

Winner

Ganay de Banville

Driver

Jean-Michel Bazire

Trainer

Jean-Michel Bazire

Breeding

Jasmin de Flore x Anaïs de Banville

Second

 Bolero Gar

Third

 Giant Chief

Five-year-old, Ganay de Banville proved strongest in the Enghien feature on Saturday when justifying strong market support. Settled in midfield throughout, Jean-Michel Bazire made gradual headway especially when able to have a clear run on the outside down the back straight. The field were only covered by five lengths as they entered the home straight, but the son of Jasmin de Flore showed a sudden burst of speed to sweep past and record a twelfth career success.

 

Date

Friday 16 July 2021

Venue

Les Sables-d'Olonne

Race

R3 – G3 Grand National du Trot (2650m)

Type

Driven, for five- to ten-year-olds

Winner

Euro du Chêne

Driver

Matthieu Abrivard

Trainer

Julien Le Mer

Breeding

Néoh Jiel x Oseille du Chêne

Second

 Crack Money

Third

 Elvis du Vallon

Euro du Chêne added his name to the list of Grand National du Trot winners of the series when making good progress from midfield in the final circuit. Matthieu Abrivard had to be patient as the seven-year-old was still in fourth position inside the final 200m, but he eventually managed to squeeze through the centre and get through in a perfectly timed drive. The next heat will be round nine, on August 11th at Saint-Malo.

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