France launches the classic season


A bright and constant sun will once again welcome the Group 1 European Classics in Deauville on Monday while the Berlin-Hoppegarten will join the first of their own National Classics on a day which will be appreciated by the entire racing community. While the G1 Emirates Poule d’Essai des Poulains et Pouliches are an entirely French affair in 2020 and the first misses the country’s first juvenile in 2019 at Earthlight (Ire) (Shamardal), there are two Group 1 winners entered to add gravitas to a renewal forever marked with an asterisk. Both are from the Andre Fabre center of excellence, with Godolphin’s “TDN Rising Star” Victor Ludorum (GB) (Shamardal) having mastered the work of Corinna Baronin Von Ullmann Alson (Ger) (Areion {Ger}) when they represented different teams in the Jean-Luc Lagardère G1 Prize during this trip to ParisLongchamp in October.

It is the Lagardère which can be the key to this edition, Victor Ludorum having 3/4 length to lose on Alson, then in the care of Jean-Pierre Carvalho, with the Wertheimers ” Writer (Fr) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) two short neck margins back in fourth. When the winner and the latter re-entered the same course and the same distance in the Prix de Fontainebleau G3 on May 11, it was difficult to escape the conclusion that Victor Ludorum was below average while he gave his unbeaten record to the enterprising coach. The Summit (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) and Writer.

While Victor Ludorum has taken this step back from Arc Day, Alson has gone the other way with a barely credible dismissal of 20 pitches from the Ballydoyle Armory (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the G1 Criterium International with two riders over seven stadiums. in Paris Longchamp later in October. What this form of heavy terrain represents in this context is difficult to assess, but Armory had been a close third in the Lagardère and had seemed solid throughout his youthful campaign as one of the main members of the outfit from Tipperary County in this culture. The half-brother of Alson Ancient Spirit (Ger) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) was a similar dynamic artist who was the impressive winner of the G2 Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen (German 2000 Guineas) in 2018 and if he was licensed to come off on this straight line the track can be difficult to wind.

Carlos Laffon-Parias believes that Writer could reverse form since the last time, but is wary of a fast surface. “Writer ran very well in the Prix de Fontainebleau. It was just a preparatory race and the goal has always been the Test Pool, “he said. “It was an ideal return race. The right track is not a concern, although I hope we have good ground which is not too fast, as this could damage the horses. “

Far from the Lagardère-Fontainebleau lines, there is a third Fabre representative in the price of the Coolmore Pont Neuf on May 14 Arapaho (Fr) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) and his inclusion alongside two much more prestigious classmates speaks volumes. In a revival where the influence of the late Shamardal is felt, the bay, which was raised by the Fabres, has an intriguing profile with three wins in four starts but must considerably increase its game. The Normandy Thoroughbred Stable is doubly represented, but the complementary entry formed by Christophe Ferland Brilliant ocean (Fr) (Dabirsim {Fr}) stood out after his impressive defeat of the intelligent filly Speak of the Devil (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) in a test of conditions on the usual course and distance of the Foals on May 11.

If Fabre has posed for the Poulains, his duo in the G1 Emirates Poule d’Essai des Pouliches also presents a dilemma. Lady Bamford’s rock-solid Tropbeau (GB) (Presenting {GB}) was the size of another former barn formed in Germany at Tickle me green (Ger) (Sea the Moon {Ger}) when they were first and third in the G3 Prix de la Grotte also at ParisLongchamp on May 11, but there was much to like in the way the latter had continued to keep pace with closer. Heike Bischoff-Lafrentz’s G3 runner-up Preis der Winterkonigin was far from being an exhausted force like Tropbeau and the runner-up Dream and Do (Ire) (Siyouni {Fr}) passed by her at the Grotto and everything indicates that the German miners of last year are up to this level.

Frédéric Rossi has not yet formed a winner above Group 3 level, but it is still early for the promising coach and the G3 Prix Miesque Dream and Do winner would not surprise anyone if he took the required step forward of the Cave.

“Dream and Do ran well for its seasonal reappearance in the Prix de la Grotte. It was a bit cool and not quite 100% for the race, ”he said. “Before, these are the Fabre fillies to beat, but I think this Filly Test Hen is quite open. Dream and Do worked well, got stronger and I think it can run a great race. “

One of the live outsiders is Team Valor International Emoji (Ger) (Soldier Hollow {GB}), finalist of the Prix Vanteaux G3 nine storeys at ParisLongchamp on May 14 after winning the Prix la Camargo de Saint-Cloud during this difficult terrain trip on March 15.

Coach Francis-Henri Graffard is able to offer an excuse for his defeat the last time. “Emoji is in good shape. She is in better shape than before Les Vanteaux – she worked very average for this race and entered the season on race day, “he said. “She struggled in the straight, I’m sure she’s lighter. Emoji is a soft ground filly and she won’t be on Monday. However, she is in great shape in the morning, so we will run. “

The G2 Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen of Cologne presents one which would undoubtedly have been a leading player in Deauville in Darius Racing. Rubaiyat (Fr) (Areion {Ger}). It’s hard to quantify what was the most impressive of his trio of juvenile black type victories, with dominant displays in the Junioren Preis Listed in Düsseldorf and the Gran Criterium G2 of San Siro coming from either side of his dismissal from his high class stablemate Wonderful Moon (Ger) (Sea the Moon {Ger}) in the G3 Preis des Winterfavoriten in Cologne in early October. In an empty revival of depth, he only has to repeat the form of his return victory in the G3 Dr Busch-Memorial during this journey of a thousand to Hoppegarten on May 10 to bring back the first Classic of the season to the Henk Grewe stable. If something goes wrong, one of the second, third and fourth Dr. Busch-Memorial Zavaro (Ger) (Areion {Ger}), Fearless King (GB) (Kingman {GB}) or Santurini (Fr) (Sommerabend {GB}) can benefit from it.

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