Stellar Field of Seven to Clash at Deauville for Automatic Berth into TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile
DEAUVILLE, FRANCE (August 14, 2020) -- Unbeaten 3-year-old colt Palace Pier (GB) heads a seven-strong field in Sunday’s Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois (G1), as he bids to emulate his sire Kingman (GB) by winning the 1-mile contest at Deauville.
The winner of the race, which boasts five Group 1 winners, will earn an automatic berth into the US$2 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.
Kingman (GB) was a spectacular winner of the race in 2014 for John Gosden and the same trainer will be hoping that Palace Pier will give him a second victory in the race. Palace Pier has not raced since winning in impressive fashion in the St James's Palace Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot in June.
Gosden said: “As soon as he walked in after winning the St James’s Palace, I was talking to (jockey) Frankie (Dettori) coming through the tunnel at Ascot and I said the race that will suit him is the Jacques le Marois. The stiff mile at Ascot suited him and the mile here at Deauville takes getting, too. He’s a horse that probably won’t have any problem getting a mile and a quarter in time.”
Andre Fabre has won the Prix Jacques Le Marois (G1) more than any other trainer in its history and is looking forward to Persian King (IRE) bringing him an eighth victory in the race. Persian King has won a Group 1 in each of the last two seasons, striking in last year’s 1-mile French 2000 Guineas (G1) and in last month’s 1 1/8-mile Prix d'Ispahan (G1).
Horses trained in Ireland have won the Prix Jacques Le Marois for the last two years and last year’s winner Romanised (IRE), a 5-year-old horse trained by Ken Condon, is attempting to be the first back-to-back winner of the race since Spinning World in 1997.
The Niarchos Family has a long-standing association with the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois and are represented by both Circus Maximus (IRE) and Alpine Star (IRE). Circus Maximus, trained by Aidan O’Brien, qualified for the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile when he captured the Queen Anne Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot. Alpine Star is bidding to emulate her half-sister Alpha Centauri (IRE), who won the 2018 renewal. The 3-year-old filly, trained by Jessica Harrington, won the 1-mile Coronation Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot before narrowly being denied in the Prix de Diane (G1) at Chantilly on her latest start.
Completing the lineup are two French contenders, Pretreville (FR), who finished second behind Persian King in the Prix du Muguet (G2) in his latest start, and the Henri-Alex Pantall-trained 3-year-old colt Restiany (GB).
As part of the benefits of the Challenge Series, Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees for the winner of the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois to start in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile, which will be run at 1 mile over the Keeneland turf course. Breeders’ Cup also will provide a travel allowance of US$40,000 for all starters based outside of North America to compete in the World Championships. The Challenge winner must already be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program or it must be nominated by the Championships’ pre-entry deadline of Oct. 26 to receive the rewards.
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