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Sunday's European horse racing tips - Race-by-race picks for the best of the action from Deauville and Hoppegarten

Deauville host more Group One action on Sunday with the Prix Jacques le Marois the feature

Brian Healy assesses Sunday's European action in France and Germany where he has race-by-race picks for the best of the action from Deauville and Hoppegarten.

In addition to Sunday’s UK and Irish horse racing action, there is some top-class European racing going to post with Group One contests taking place in both France and Germany.

France’s feature comes from Deauville, where the Prix Jacques le Marois takes centre stage on a quality card at the Normandy track; while in Germany the 129th running of the Grosser Preis Von Berlin dominates the card at the Brandenburg venue.

1:35 Deauville - Prix Francois Boutin (Listed Race) (2yo) (Straight Course) (Turf) (2yo) 7f

2:50 Deauville - Prix Minerve (Group 3) (3yo Fillies) (Round Course) (Turf) (3yo) 1m4½f

3:15 Hoppegarten - Hoppegartener Fliegerpreis / Wettchance Des Tages (Listed Race) (Turf) (3yo+) 6f

3:25 Deauville - Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois (Group 1) (3yo+ No Geldings) (Turf) (3yo+) 1m 

3:50 Hoppegarten - 129th Longines Grosser Preis von Berlin (Group 1) (3yo+) (Turf) (3yo+) 1m4f

4:35 Deauville - Prix Nureyev (Listed Race) (3yo) (Round Course) (Turf) (3yo) 1m2f

Brian Healy takes a look at the pick of the European action where he has race-by-race selections for all six of Sunday’s featured races across the continent.

1:35 Deauville - Prix Francois Boutin (Listed Race) (2yo) (Straight Course) (Turf) (2yo) 7f


Unbeaten ARAPAHO (1/2, Paddy Power) can make it a hat-trick of successes, and Andre Fabre’s charge could prove a tough nut to crack.

The Lope De Vega colt made an impressive introduction when beating Mutual at Saint-Cloud back in June, and he showed the benefit of that experience to double up at Deauville the following month where he beat Jitinga by the better part of two lengths.

That slight drop in trip proved to be no issue, and he won in the manner of a smart prospect so it would be no surprise to see him find some further improvement and take this step up in class in his stride.


2:50 Deauville - Prix Minerve (Group 3) (3yo Fillies) (Round Course) (Turf) (3yo) 1m4½f


This is a strong renewal of this Group Three contest where cases can be made for all the runners; and WONDERMENT (7/2, Paddy Power) is a tentative selection to come out on top.

Nicolas Clement’s charge won two of his three starts last term, including the Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud where he beat Sydney Opera House by a neck, and he ought to appreciate this drop in class having failed to win in both runs this term.

The Camelot colt probably needed the run on his reappearance behind Channel at Chantilly in May; but he was a shade disappointing in the Prix de Diane where he could only find the one pace although he perhaps didn’t help his cause by racing keenly throughout.

A step up in trip here could well prove the catalyst for improvement, while he drops back into Group Three company from that Group One outing last time, and he can take advantage of the easier grade to resume winning ways although several progressive sorts lie in wait and this could be a strong race for the grade.

3:15 Hoppegarten - Hoppegartener Fliegerpreis / Wettchance Des Tages (Listed Race) (Turf) (3yo+) 6f


Archie Watson has an interesting runner in this race, but BIG BOOTS (7/2, Bet365) could well add another win to his collection, and Waldemar Hickst’s charge arrives here in good heart having won three of his last four starts.

The Society Rock colt was a prolific winner in the first half of the year, winning four times in all, and he had showed some useful form during a spell with Mick Channon as a juvenile although he failed to win during his time in Britain.

Having ended his time in France with a win at Longchamp, the three-year old moved to Germany where he made an immediate impact on his first start for his German-based handler with an immediate return to France where he won at Le Lion D’Angers in the Prix Caldoun.

Versatile over trip and ground, he can cope with the return to six furlongs where he ought to go close in this Listed contest.

3:25 Deauville - Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois (Group 1) (3yo+ No Geldings) (Turf) (3yo+) 1m 


Recent stats and trends point to a big run by Coronation Stakes winner Watch Me, but STUDY OF MAN (15/2, Coral) is given another chance to get back on the scoresheet although Pascal Bary’s charge is becoming frustrating to follow.

The Deep Impact colt won twice in 2018 from six starts, which included the Group One Prix du Jockey Club, and he largely acquitted himself well in defeat thereafter, including when looking a non-stayer in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe.

Runner-up in consecutive Group Ones this term at Longchamp, finishing four lengths’ adrift of Waldgeist on his reappearance in the Prix Ganay and then getting to within a length of Zabeel Prince in the Prix d’Isphahan, he was a shade disappointing in the Prix Messidor over course and distance later where he only finished third behind Impulsif.

Despite his defeats, he holds solid claims on the pick of his form, and while he is struggling to get his head in front at present, he looks set for another solid run and he can get in the mix.

3:50 Hoppegarten - 129th Longines Grosser Preis von Berlin (Group 1) (3yo+) (Turf) (3yo+) 1m4f


FRENCH KING (2/1, Bet365) has been successful on his last two German raids, and Henri-Alex Pantall’s charge can collect another big prize here.

The French Fifteen colt is 3-3 for the season, winning at Doha back in February prior to taking the Group Two Carl Jaspers-Preis at Cologne with a one length defeat of Be My Sheriff.

He stepped up on that performance to strike again in Germany, this time at Hamburg where he beat Royal Youmzain, and having travelled really well into that contest he hinted that there was better still to come.

This is tougher stepping into a Group One contest and taking on UK raiders in Communique and Group One winner Old Persian; but he could have further improvement to come and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him in the mix here.


4:35 Deauville - Prix Nureyev (Listed Race) (3yo) (Round Course) (Turf) (3yo) 1m2f


ZARKALLANI (5/2, Paddy Power) had looked progressive prior to finding Group One company too much latest when beating only two home behind Sottsass in the French Derby; but Alain De Royer-Dupre’s charge can bounce back here.

The Invincible Spirit gelding had won previously at Longchamp with a defeat of Bliss For Ever, scoring by four lengths having hit the crossbar on both previous outings, where he was impressive.

He was possibly amiss in the French Classic race, where he was held up but he found nothing for pressure and dropped away, and he wasn’t given a hard time. He is probably better than he was able to show, and he could be worth giving another chance to here.

SUNDAY 11 AUGUST EUROPEAN HORSE RACING TIPS - DEAUVILLE & HOPPEGARTEN


1:35 Deauville - ARAPAHO (1/2, Paddy Power)

2:50 Deauville - WONDERMENT (7/2, Paddy Power)

3:15 Hoppegarten - BIG BOOTS (7/2, Bet365)

3:25 Deauville - STUDY OF MAN (15/2, Coral)

3:50 3:50 Hoppegarten - FRENCH KING (2/1, Bet365)

4:35 Deauville - ZARKALLANI (5/2, Paddy Power)

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Sunday's European horse racing tips - Race-by-race picks for the best of the action from Deauville and Hoppegarten

Brian Healy assesses Sunday's European action in France and Germany where he has race-by-race picks for the best of the action from Deauville and Hoppegarten.

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