On Sunday the Deauville Festival continues with a terrific card of action, headlined by two Group 1 contests.
The Group 1 Darley Prix Morny over six furlongs, brings together a small but select field of juveniles.
Tis Marvellous shaped with promise on his debut when running a length second of 14 to the more experienced Mutwatheb in a Newbury maiden in late June. The Clive Cox trained son of Harbour Watch made no mistake on his second run, slamming Silent Assassin by an impressive 8 lengths at Windsor in early July. Later that month he took a huge step up in class in the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte – and stamped himself a smart colt as he beat Al Johrah by 2 ½ lengths.
Peace Envoy looked a smart colt when he beat King Electric by 1 ¼ lengths on his racecourse debut at Dundalk in April. The Aidan O’Brien trained son of Power was turned over by that same rival, when ½ a length second of 4 at the Curragh in early May. He got back to winning ways when beating Lundy by ½ a length in a Listed race at Naas over six furlongs, towards the end of that month. He ran well in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes, finishing 1 ¼ lengths fourth of 11 to Prince Of Lir at Royal Ascot in June and nine days later was perhaps slightly feeling the effects of that run when ½ a length second of 8 to Medicine Jack in the Group 2 Railway Stakes at the Curragh. In mid-July he bounced back to form – and looked improved, as he landed the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes at the same track by 1 ¾ lengths from Psychedelic Funk.
Alrahma comes into this contest with a perfect two from two record. The Freddy Head trained son of Shamardal landed a heavy ground Chantilly maiden by a neck from Deep Inside in early June. He followed-up by showing a good turn of foot to win a Group 3 contest at Deauville in late July by ½ a length from Fixette.
Al Johrah bids to give Bated Breath a flying start to his stallion career and comes into this contest with strong credentials. The French-trained filly landed a maiden at Maisons-Laffitte in early May and followed-up with a 1 ½ lengths defeat of Fixette in a Chantilly conditions race, run in very soft ground, later that month. She then headed to Royal Ascot for the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and ran a belter to finish best of the rest, some 7 lengths second d of 17 to Lady Aurelia. She ran well again on her latest start in the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin in July, finishing 2 ½ lengths second of 6 to Tis Marvellous.
Lady Aurelia travels over from North America looking to build on her already lofty reputation. The Wes Ward trained daughter of Scat Daddy hosed up by 7 ½ lengths on her debut at Keeneland in late April. She then travelled to Royal Ascot in June for the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes – and put up an awesome performance to slam 16 of Europe’s best early season juvenile fillies, beating Al Johrah by 7 long lengths. It was a performance that drew comparisons to some of the best juveniles of all-time but she now has to consolidate that impression in Group 1 company.
The Group 1 action continues with the Darley Prix Jean Romanet for older fillies and mares over 1 ¼ miles.
Sayana heads the field and bids to get back to winning ways. The Alain De Royer-Dupre trained daughter of Galileo has proved hugely-talented but sparingly raced, having just one start in 2014 and the same in 2015, when she got off the mark. The 4 year old made a winning comeback at Saint-Cloud in April and early the following month completed her hat-trick with a length defeat of Sea Front in a Listed contest at Chantilly. In early June she travelled to Epsom Downs for the Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes but appeared not to handle the track as she finished 3 ½ lengths second of 7 to Epsom Icon. She has had a break since then.
Bateel has won four of her six career starts. The David Simcock trained 4 year old daughter of Dubawi was unraced at two, but won all three starts last year. She got off the mark in a Salisbury maiden in May of 2015 and in late August landed a handicap at this track, beating Princessofthestars by 2 lengths. She completed her hat-trick with a convincing 2 ¾ lengths victory over Twitch at Newmarket in September. Bateel returned to action in a Listed race at Goodwood in late April, finishing 1 ½ lengths second of 13 to Carnachy. The following month she returned to the Sussex track in another Listed race, this time coming home 2 lengths fifth of 6 to Mount Logan. In late June conditions came into her favour as Newmarket’s July Course was engulfed in a torrential deluge which turned the ground soft in time for the Listed Fred Archer Stakes. Bateel revelled in the going and beat Kallisha by 2 ¼ lengths.
The bulk of Ame Bleu’s form would suggest that she falls short of what is required at this level, however she did come back to form last time out. The Andre Fabre trained 4 year old daughter of Dubawi was unplaced in her first three starts of the year but in early July landed a Listed race at Deauville by ¾ of a length from Johara. She will need more improvement to prove a factor here.
Bocca Baciata proved a smart filly last season and beat the top class Pleascach by 1 ½ lengths in the Listed Salsabil Stakes at Navan in April 2015. She made her return at the Curragh in early April of this year, finishing 11 lengths fourth of 5 to Zhukova in the Listed Alleged Stakes. Three weeks later she looked much more straight forward as she landed a Listed Gowran Park contest by a head from Discipline. She then carried top weight in the Group 3 Blue Wind Stakes at Navan in May, running 13 lengths third of 6 to the hugely impressive Zhukova. Towards the end of that month she stepped up in class for the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh, finishing 9 ½ lengths fourth of 6 to Fascinating Rock. She was given a really enterprising ride in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh in late June, leading by several lengths in the home straight, before Minding eventually reeled her in. She finished 4 ½ lengths second of 5 to the dual Classic winner and well clear of the rest of the field. In mid-July she returned to the Curragh for the Group 1 Kilboy Estate Stakes and was a deserved winner of a big prize, beating Earring by ½ a length.
The German filly Royal Solitaire failed to make too much mark as a 3 year old last year, although she landed a minor handicap. The Peter Schiergen trained daughter of Shamardal has really come into her own this year however, completing a hat-trick of victories with a ½ a length defeat of Nymeria in the Group 2 Badener Meile in Baden Baden in late May. A couple of months later she ran well in the Group 1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis – Bayerisches Zuchtrennen in Munich, finishing ½ a length second of 12 to Elliptique.
Steip Amach was a useful juvenile but struggled to make a big mark on the 2015 campaign. Steip Amach ran poorly in the Group 3 Park Express Stakes, finishing a remote 9th of 11 to Queen Blossom in late March, but ran better when not gaining a clear run at Gowran Park in late April, finishing 6 ¼ lengths third of 8 to Bocca Baciata. She looked destined for victory in the Group 3 Athasi Stakes at the Curragh in early May, but was run out of it late on by Dolce Strega, succumbing to a ¼ length defeat. Six days later however, she won the Group 3 Amethyst Stakes by a short head from Cougar Mountain, on what proved to be her final start for Jim Bolger. She subsequently moved to David Smaga in France and has done well so far. After running fifth of 6 to Jimmy Two Times in a Deauville Group 3 in early July, she put up a cracking performance to finish 3 ¾ lengths third of 10 to Qemah in the Group 1 Prix Rothschild in Deauville in late July.
Speedy Boarding returns to France, where she ran her best race earlier this year. This James Fanshawe trained 4 year old daughter of Shamardal was useful last term, winning twice, including a Listed success at Newbury. She shaped with promise on her return when 2 lengths fourth of 7 to Beautiful Romance in the Group 2 Middleton Stakes at York in mid-May. That set her up for a career-best performance, as she landed the Group 2 Prix Corrida by ½ a length from Siljan’s Saga at Saint-Cloud in late May. A month later however she was no match for the imperious Minding, finishing 10 ½ lengths last of 5 in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.
Sea Front was successful in handicap and Listed company last year but has run well in 2016 without adding any more victories. The 5 year old mare was 5 lengths third of 12 to the smart Usherette in a minor contest at Chantilly in early April and a month later ran a length second of 7 to Sayana in a Listed race at the same track. In June she ran well again to finish a length third of 7 to Pas De Deux in a Chantilly Group 3. She will need a big personal best to score here.
Game Theory was twice a winner in 2015 but on the whole has struggled at handicap class in 2016 and looks to face a tough task here. The 4 year old ran third to Falcolina in a Chantilly handicap in early April but was only fifth at the same venue in another handicap later that month. In June she landed a Listed contest at Le Lion-d ‘angers, beating Deauville Shower by 1 ½ lengths. However, in late July she disappointed in another Listed contest at Maisons-Laffitte, coming home 4 ½ lengths 6th of 12 to Pacific Angel.
David Simcock steps up his progressive filly Carnachy here. The 4 year old daughter of Mastercraftsman did not race at two and only made her racecourse debut last May, running second in maidens at Chelmsford and then at Chepstow last June. She got off the mark with a 1 ¼ lengths defeat of Mediation at Newbury in July and followed-up with an impressive 4 lengths victory over Revision in a Goodwood handicap in October. She returned to action in a Listed contest at Goodwood in late April, completing her hat-trick with a 1 ½ lengths victory over Bateel. The following month she headed to Newbury for the Group 3 Aston Park Stakes, finishing a respectable 2 ¾ lengths third of 5 to Astronereus. In early July she contested the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock Park, but failed to get involved in the shake-up, finishing 6 ¼ lengths last of 6 to Endless Time.
The Group 2 Darley Prix Kergorlay sees many of the best stayers in France do battle.
Unraced at two, Harlem looked a progressive colt as he won his last two races from three starts last year, culminating in a ½ a length defeat of Khareef in a Listed race at Vichy last July. The Andre Fabre trained 4 year old was not seen out again last term, making a disappointing return when 7 ¼ lengths 9th of 12 behind Garlingari in the Group 2 Prix d’Harcourt at Chantilly in April. He shaped a lot better in a Saint-Cloud Group 3 a month later, running a length second of 7 to One Foot In Heaven. In early June he contested the Group 2 Grand Prix de-Chantilly, again finishing a length behind One Foot In Heaven as he ran third of 8. A month later he took his chance in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud but was found wanting, coming home 3 ¾ lengths 8th of 11 to Silverwave. He now takes a sharp climb in trip.
Trip To Rhodos proved useful last season, but at a much lower level. The 7 year old ran well at Hamburg on his seasonal return to finish ¾ of a length third of 9 to Eye In The Sky in a Listed race in late June. The following month he was a short neck second of 11 to Mille Et Mille in another Listed race at Maisons-Laffite. He was back to winning form as he defeated Ephraim by a length in a Listed contest at Baden Baden in early September 2015 before running 7 lengths fourth of 7 to Mille Et Mille in the Group 1 Prix du Cadran at Longchamp on Arc Day in October. He made a promising comeback in a Chantilly Group 3 in April, finishing 2 lengths third of 12 to Fly With Me. In late May he landed a Listed contest at San Siro, beating Damour by ¾ of a length.
Fly With Me was a Listed winner in 2015 but has stepped his game up a notch this term. The 6 year old won a Listed contest at Maisons-Laffitte on his return in early April and later that month added a Chantilly Group 3 with a neck defeat of Candarliya. A month later he ran well to finish ¾ of a length second of 4 to the top class Vazirabad in the Group 2 Prix Vicomtesse Vigier at Saint-Cloud and that form may well set the standard here.
Walzertakt caused something of a surprise when winning the Group 3 Prix Gladiateur at Longchamp last September, but has been out of sorts this season. The 7 year old was 3 lengths fifth of 12 to Fly With Me in a Chantilly Group 3 in late April and the following month ran 4 ¾ lengths fifth of 9 to Wasir in a Hoppgarten Group 3. Later that month he was 6 lengths last of 4 to Vazirabad in the Group 2 Prix Vicomtesse Vigier at Saint-Cloud and he again failed to pick up when 6 ¼ length fifth of 6 behind Candarliya in the Group 2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil back at Saint-Cloud in mid-July. He needs huge improvement.
Launched was twice a winner at three and has won twice again this season, and now steps up in trip. The Pascal Bary trained 4 year old son of Galileo ran 3 ¾ lengths fourth of 8 to One Foot In Heaven in a Listed contest at Maisons-Laffitte in April, before landing a Listed race at Lyon by ¼ of a length from Now We Can in May. A month later he landed another Listed contest at the same track, beating Dartagnan D’Azur by ¼ of a length. In mid-July he took a big step up in class and ran well to finish 2 lengths second of 6 to Candarliya in the Group 2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil at Saint-Cloud.
Grey Lion looked a smart prospect when winning three of his first four starts, but came up a little short when stepped up to Listed class and has something to prove at this level. The Andre Fabre trained 4 year old son of Galileo placed in two Listed contests last autumn, before landing a Deauville conditions race by ½ a length from Zack Hope on his return in early March. Later that month he was a bitter disappointment as he trailed in a remote last of 8 to Norse King in a Saint-Cloud Listed contest. He returned there in early May for a Group 3 race and ran a lot better, coming home 1 ¼ lengths third of 7 to One Foot In Heaven. A month later he ran 5 ½ lengths 7th of 8 to One Foot In Heaven in the Group 2 Grand Prix de Chantilly. He now takes a big step up in distance.
Nearly Caught takes a big step up in class here after some good efforts this term. The Hughie Morrison trained 6 year old later disappointed in the Ebor but ran well to finish 1 ½ lengths fifth of 34 to Grumeti in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket in October. He rounded off his campaign by beating Amber Flush by 10 lengths at Pontefract later that month. Nearly Caught returned to action in a Listed race at Nottingham in early April, shaping with promise when 16 lengths fifth of 9 to Frosty Berry. He progressed last time out and ran well to finish ¼ of a length second of 4 to Amour De Nuit in a conditions race at Chelmsford in early May. After a break he returned in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle in late June; always up with the pace, he ran a super race to finish 3 ½ lengths third of 20 to Antiquarium. A week later he ran well again in a Listed contest at Sandown Park, coming home ½ a length third of 14 behind Sandro Botticelli. He got back to winning ways when landing a Listed race at Deauville in late July, beating Minotaur by an impressive 5 lengths.
The filly Candarliya proved hugely talented last year, winning four on the trot before finishing 6 lengths second of 9 to a very in-form Treve in the Group 1 Prix Vermeille at Longchamp last September. The 4 year old daughter of Dalakhani then won the Group 2 Prix de Royallieu by 1 ½ lengths from Lady Of Kyushu. She returned to action by running ¼ of a length second of 12 to Fly With Me in a Chantilly Group 3 in April, on her first attempt at 15 furlongs. A month later she was a little disappointing as she dropped in trip, finishing 3 lengths third of 11 to Speedy Boarding in the Group 2 Prix Corrida at Saint-Cloud. She returned to that track in mid-July to land the Group 2 Prix Maurice de Nieuil by 2 lengths from Launched.