Sunday French horse racing tips – Prix Jacques Le Marois runner-by-runner preview
A top-class renewal of the Group One Prix Jacques Le Marois unfolds at Deauville on Sunday and we give our French horse racing tips for success in the day’s main event.
Headlining Sunday’s Deauville racecard is the Group One Prix Jacques Le Marois which gets underway at 2.50pm over one mile of the premier French track and the field features a strong UK and Irish entry attempting to bring the £290,000 first prize back across the English Channel.
We take a runner-by-runner look at the Sunday main event and give our French horse racing tips to land the day’s big prize where unbeaten Palace Pier attempts to extend his perfect record to five wins.
SUNDAY FRENCH HORSE RACING TIPS – PRIX JACQUES LE MAROIS RUNNER-BY-RUNNER
Unbeaten in four starts, lowering the colours of Pinatubo when scoring a shade readily in the St James’s Palace Stakes.
John Gosden’s Kingman colt is hard to ignore on that evidence given the runner-up has won since in a Group One here last month. However, he takes on older rivals now for the first time and he’s yet to encounter ground as soft as this so he has to prove effective in the conditions.
Significant that Frankie Dettori is riding in France this weekend with York’s Ebor Festival on the horizon and his mount here is afforded the utmost respect. But he takes on some classy opposition here and given his cramped odds he might be worth opposing on this occasion with others boasting proven form in the conditions.
Prolific winner at a lesser level for Jean-Claude Rouget and the Acclamation colt has run well on both starts for current handler Pascal Bary which includes a Group Three win at Chantilly where he beat Plumatic readily.
No caste was lost in defeat behind the reopposing Persian King at Saint Cloud in June, finishing just over one length behind that rival but there is a suspicion he was flattered by his relative proximity to the easy winner that day and he needs to find a good chunk of improvement if he’s to overturn that form.
Won five on the spin during 2018 and 2019 which included the French 2000 Guineas last campaign in heavy ground, beating Shaman, and he possibly just found his stamina stretched next time when beaten by Sottsass in the French Derby.
Andre Fabre’s Kingman colt is 2-3 this term, improving for his reappearance defeat behind Magny Cours at Chantilly to win the Prix du Muguet – beating Pretreville – and then readily taking the Prix D’Ispahan with a two lengths’ defeat of Stormy Antarctic.
Proven in the conditions this drop back to one mile will hold no fears and he’s a big player who should make his presence felt.
Tough and consistent performer who made a winning reappearance in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, battling to a head success over Terebellum and Aidan O’Brien’s charge wasn’t disgraced in being narrowly outpointed in a messy renewal of the Sussex Stakes last month during Glorious Goodwood.
The Galileo gold made most of the running that day and only gave late ground to the eventual winner, going down by less than one length with the likes of Siskin and the luckless Kameko behind.
That appeared quite a hard race so it remains to be seen if that outing has left a mark. However he boasts heavy ground winning form as a juvenile although he’s largely campaigned on a better surface and he comes here with solid claims if his Goodwood exertions haven’t taken something out of him.
Won this race twelve months ago having also taken the Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh previously and Ken Condon’s charge was thwarted only by Circus Maximus from landing a hat-trick when denied a short-head in the Prix Du Moulin.
The Holy Roman Emperor colt made a winning return from ten months off the track back at the Curragh when impressively beating Lancaster House to successfully retain his Minstrel Stakes crown and comes here full of confidence as he bids to take this prize again.
He’s done all his winning however on a better surface than he’ll get here and these testing conditions might well prevent a repeat. He’s likely to be sharper though with a run under his belt but concerns over the ground and having run below his best on soft ground before tempers enthusiasm somewhat.
Won on the all-weather at Chantilly last term and following a promising return to action at Lyon-Parilly in June he stepped up on that effort to run out an easy winner of a Listed contest at Saint Cloud.
The Frankel colt is open to further improvement and is a potentially smart sort; but this is a much sterner test of his credentials thrust into a white-hot renewal of this prize and he likely has too much on his plate here.
2-3 last season which included victory in the Group Two Debutante Stakes before making a winning return to action with an impressive success at Royal Ascot where Jessica Harrington’s charge ran out a four lengths’ victor over Sharing in the Coronation Stakes.
The Sea The Moon filly was subsequently denied only by a short-head here in the Prix De Diane over ten furlongs, beaten by Fancy Blue who has won another Group One since; while the fourth has won a Group Three so the form is notably strong.
A drop back to this trip is no issue for the Irish raider who receives weight all round and she can make her presence felt if handling this significantly softer surface.
SUNDAY FRENCH HORSE RACING TIPS – PRIX JACQUES LE MAROIS VERDICT
Three-year olds have won five of the last six renewals which augurs well for the likes of unbeaten Palace Pier and Irish challenger Alpine Star. Both are unproven on ground this testing however and take on older horses for the first time so PERSIAN KING gets the vote to maintain his winning run and land a hat-trick.
Andre Fabre’s charge is a Group One winner on heavy ground, taking last season’s French 1000 2000 Guineas and he comes into this race having won his last two starts, latterly beating Stormy Antarctic to land the Prix D’Ispahan.
He scored readily that day and will have no issue with either trip or ground so ought to make a bold bid for success and can end the unbeaten record of Palace Pier.