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03 August 2021




 

Date

27 July

Venue

Compiegne

Race

Prix Pelleas

Type

Listed – Three-year-old colts and geldings only – 2000m

Winner

Caprice des Dieux

Jockey/Driver

Stephane Pasquier

Trainer

Nicolas Clement

Breeding

Declaration of War x Neko

Second

Alastor

Third

Media Stream

Caprice des Dieux recorded an easy five length win in the Listed Prix Pelleas over at Compiegne over 2000m, despite facing a small but competitive field. The colt was returning to Listed level after an eye-catching second behind Pretty Tiger in the G2 Prix Eugene Adam over the same distance at Saint-Cloud. The G2 Prix Dollar (1950m) at Longchamp on ‘Arc Trials’ Day has been mentioned as a possible target.

 

Date

28 July

Venue

Enghien

Race

Prix de la Chaussée d'Antin

Type

G3 – Five and six year olds only – 2875m

Winner

Fly Speed

Jockey/Driver

Jean-Philippe Monclin

Trainer

Jean-Marie Monclin

Breeding

Neutron du Cebe x Icaranda

Second

Gloria du Gers

Third

Gaudeo

It was a successful first attempt at Group Three company for Fly Speed in the Prix de la Chaussée d'Antin, beating Group placed Gloria du Gers. He held a handy position throughout and made steady progress in the final 200m to deny the fast-finishing Gloria du Gers by a length. Although not a traditional trial for the G1 Critérium des 5 Ans at Vincennes, many of the disappointed runners will be looking towards the feature race including the third-placed Gaudeo who is expected to take in the Prix Jockey en-route to the Critérium.

 

Date

31 July

Venue

Enghien

Race

Prix de Milan

Type

G3 – Four-year-olds only – 2150m

Winner

Hooker Berry

Jockey/Driver

Jean-Michel Bazire

Trainer

Franck Leblanc

Breeding

Booster Winner x Osaka Berry

Second

Helgafell

Third

Hohneck

Winner of the G3 Prix Raymond Fouard at Vincennes on 27 June, Hooker Berry added another victory to his tally in the G3 Prix de Milan, beating some of the best horses of the ‘H’ generation including multiple Group One winner Helgafell. Despite defeats in all of his Group One races to date, Hooker Berry has confirmed his position as a leading contender for the G1 Critérium des 4 Ans at Vincennes on 4 September. Helgafell’s second marked a return to form after two straight disqualifications and the Charley du Noyer colt will be looking to reverse the form in the September Classic. Third placed Hohneck has not finished out of the frame since December 2020 and cannot be dismissed in any race of this nature.

 

Date

31 July

Venue

Enghien

Race

Prix de Washington

Type

G2 – Four to ten year olds – 1609m

Winner

Go On Boy

Jockey/Driver

Romain Derieux

Trainer

Romain Derieux

Breeding

Password x Balginette

Second

Vivid Wise As

Third

Violetto Jet

There is a new champion over 1609m in France with Go On Boy taking the G2 Prix de Washington at Enghien ahead of Italian speedster Vivid Wise As, who was undefeated over the French 1609m prior to Sunday. The youngest of the seven runners, Go On Boy produced a career-best performance to take the race with a kilometre rating of 1’09”6. It was only his second attempt over 1609m. The front two pulled clear of the third placed Violetto Jet. Driver-trainer Romain Derieux identified the G1 Critérium des 5 Ans at Vincennes as a likely target for Go On Boy.

 

 

Date

1 August

Venue

Clairefontaine

Race

Prix Luth Enchantée

Type

Listed – Fillies and mares aged four years and above – 2400m

Winner

Oriental Mystique

Jockey/Driver

Mickael Barzalona

Trainer

David Simcock

Breeding

Kingman x Madame Chiang

Second

Très Valentine

Third

Sea Watch

UK trainer David Simcock picked up a valuable prize with his well-supported filly Oriental Mystique in the Listed Prix Luth Enchantee. The filly had placed multiple times at Group level but was pressed hard in the late stages by Très Valentine who led throughout. Oriental Mystique is out of G1 British Champions Fillies And Mare Stakes (2400m) heroine Madame Chiang and has a half-brother by Lope De Vega also in training with David Simcock. It was Oriental Mystique’s last race and she will now return to Lanwades Stud for a broodmare career.

 

Date

1 August

Venue

Clairefontaine

Race

Grand Prix de Clairefontaine - Prix Ferme Saint-Siméon

Type

Listed – Three-year-olds only – 2400m

Winner

Joie De Soir

Jockey/Driver

Augustin Madamet

Trainer

André Fabre

Breeding

Fastnet Rock x Highest Ever

Second

Timour

Third

Qaiser

Although the betting market anticipated an André Fabre one-two, it was not in the expected order. The improving Joie De Soir, winner of a 1900m conditions contest on AW at Deauville in December, stepped forward from her reappearance second at Compiegne to deny Timour. The three-year-old filly was able to settle behind the leaders and stayed on well in the final 100m to score by three lengths. Coolmore-owned Joie De Soir is out of an unraced Galileo mare and half-sister to G3 placed performer Villa d’Amore (Mastercraftsman). Her second dam Alpine Rose was a winner of the G1 Prix Romanet (1600m).

 

Date

1 August

Venue

Clairefontaine

Race

Prix du Pays d’Auge

Type

Listed – Four year olds and upwards – 1800m

Winner

Magny Cours

Jockey/Driver

Mickael Barzalona

Trainer

André Fabre

Breeding

Medaglia d’Oro x Indy Five Hundred

Second

Raabihah

Third

Celestin

It was another Listed win for Group-One placed Magny Cours who has beaten some top-class performers in his search for an elusive Group success. This time, he came against G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m) fifth Raabihah and won comfortably by three-quarters of a length. Third in the G1 Dubai World Cup (2000m) in Meydan in March, this was the six-year-old’s second win of the year. Magny Cour’s dam Indy Five Hundred was a Grade One winner on the turf in the USA and has produced two other Black Type performers including G2 placed Ecliptic (Kingmambo).

 

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