Return meetings in France with 1,069 admissions


The appetite for a resumption of racing in France was at the rendezvous on May 5 when three return meetings scheduled for May 11 attracted more than 1,000 registrations in a tidal wave of enthusiasm for the resumption .

A total of 1,069 horses have been registered for Monday’s matches at ParisLongchamp, Toulouse and Compiègne, which will be the second series of matches in Europe since the end of the races following the coronavirus pandemic in March. Races will return to Germany on May 7.

Quality meets quantity, with the training of André Fabre Victor Ludorum ranked favorite 10-11 with Ladbrokes for the Prix de De Fontainbleau (G3) at ParisLongchamp. Unbeaten Classic Hope and the Team of Victor Ludorum Earthlight was removed from the May 6 race.

Fabre, quoted on, said: “Earthlight sore slightly after work yesterday and after examination it appears to have a sprained fetus. It will have a few easy days and will not work next week. “

Earthlight is a 7-2 second favorite for Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French Guinea), with Victor Ludorum the market leader 11-4, and Fabre is looking forward to seeing his 3 year old star on the track this season.

“Earthlight has been very successful this winter and we look forward to seeing him again on the track soon,” added Fabre.

Elsewhere on a starred map, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) last year, third Sottsass is the 4-7 favorite in the Prix d’Harcourt (G2).

Coach Freddy Head was not surprised by the breathtaking entry.

“We missed two months of racing, so people are impatient to run and get money,” he said. “All the horses will run, which means that it will be very competitive and that the races will be very difficult.

“It wasn’t too bad for me because we weren’t stopped and we were able to train the horses normally. We still have the good races ahead of us and for the good horses it will not be a problem but for some trainers and small owners it has been difficult. “

Freddy Head at the Gallop des Aigles in Chantilly
Photo: Edward Whitaker / Racing PostFreddy Head at the Gallop des Aigles in Chantilly

Felix de Giles is one of those looking forward to racing for the first time since the end of racing in March. The British jump jockey has been based in France since 2016.

“They were very successful in taking it back. France made a public announcement that there was no sport until September, so everyone was a little worried, but French racing falls under the subcategory of agriculture, so it seems that that’s how they got it, “he said. “There was frustration, everyone stayed in limbo a bit and the times continued to move, but under the circumstances, this is understandable, the death rates changing all the time. “

“The death toll is likely to remain low enough, if it increases further, it could change, but the French have followed the regulations. French mortality rates have been slightly lower, so there is no reason for them to shoot suddenly. »Taken before May 11. “

De Giles acknowledged that the race was luckier than other sports in the speed of its recovery from the lockout.

“I’m surprised he came back so quickly and if I was a rugby fan or I made my living in rugby, I would be a little annoyed that the race could go ahead and that sports like rugby can’t, “he said. “It’s the same with tennis – you can have a big game with only 10 people involved.

“If it was the other way around, everyone in the racing industry would probably be very annoyed, so hopefully it won’t be a problem.” We understand where they could come from and I hope it will not have an impact on the race. line. “

De Giles will be in Compiègne where the jump races will resume with a map which presents two listed races.

“I tried to stay in shape at home,” he said. “I ride every morning and do a little racing, a little work on the equalizer and I box a little. I would like to think that I will come back as fit as I just came back on the Parisian tracks and everyone had their lessons full with their good horses ready to go. Many trainers have given their horses some time, but they have overtaken them. “


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