A four horse race it might have been, but the Group 2 Lucien Barriere Grand Prix de Deauville was not short of incident as German runner Savoir Vivre landed the spoils this afternoon.
Erupt broke well but Savoir Vivre soon took it up, but the quartet dawdled as they passed the winning post with a circuit of Deauville to race.
Savoir Vivre pulled hard for his head but continued to lead from Erupt, Siljan’s Saga and Garlingari.
As the pace increased, Savoir Vivre increased his lead by perhaps two lengths, while Garlingari was taken to the wide outside by Christophe Soumillon, charting a lone course, before moving back across to join his rivals heading out of the back straight.
From the front Savoir Vivre kicked with three furlongs to race, but the move appeared covered by Garlingari.
Turning into the home straight Savoir Vivre still held the lead but Erupt and Siljan’s Saga came to challenge as Garlingari faded.
The challenge of Erupt soon wilted too as he disappointing failed to find any more and it was Siljan’s Saga who gradually wore down the German raider and long-time leader.
However, the Jean-Pierre Carvalho trained Savoir Vivre, beaten just a head by Isfahan in the Deutches Derby, was nothing if not game and kept finding for Maxime Guyon, and the winning line came just in time to deny Siljan’s Saga.