Here is Alan Marron‘s preview of what will be one of two Classic races run at Deauville on Monday, June 1st, the Poule d’Essai des Pouains (the French 2,000 Guineas, which is due off at at 2:50pm
POULE D’ESSAI DE POULAINS (FRENCH 2000 GUINEAS)
Over the past few weeks it has been very refreshing to watch some quality French racing and to witness how everyone has operated in such extreme circumstances. There have been a few stumbling blocks along the way and, unfortunately, Monday’s card that was due to be run at ParisLongchamp had to be moved to Deauville. However, it is great to see the first Classic of the European Flat Season take place.
This preview will look at two of the main protagonists and why I think the value lies with them. The trials for this race have been very informative and both of my selections won their trials nicely, giving them excellent chances of improving on the form they have shown and step up to Group One class.
My main selection for the race is THE SUMMIT, who got what you would call an absolute peach of a ride from Pierre-Charles Boudot in the Prix De Fontainebleu, a Group Three race that took place at ParisLongchamp back on the 11th of May.
What was noticeable in the early days of French racing returning was that most of the front-runners were getting away off the front and not being able to be pegged back. The Summit was able to get in front and set the fractions and quickened away nicely in the style of a very progressive animal.
There were plenty of bubbles burst in behind with the highly-touted Victor Ludorum and Kenway trailing in his wake. The one slight concern I have about The Summit being able to uphold the form is whether the ground is going to be suitable. Most of his best runs have been on softer ground and, going by the weather forecast, the ground will certainly quicken up over the weekend.
However, I feel that, at the forecast price and the chance of him setting the fractions, he could slip them turning for home and that could be that.
Bar One Racing’s prices for the French 2,000 Guineas will appear here when available
Andre Fabre is a trainer that you simply can’t ignore in a race of this nature and he is likely to have more than one dart to throw at the board.
With his stable star Victor Ludorum likely to be the talking horse again on better ground than he encountered last time, his stablemate ARAPAHO could go unnoticed.
When racing resumed it took the Fabre team a while to get going and their strike-rate early on wasnt great. When you see a horse win his trial when the stable form is taking its time to hit full stride then you really have to take note. The most promising thing for me with Arapaho is that he won a little snugly under Pierre-Charles Boudot suggesting that there is plenty more to come and that he is a work-in-progress.
While it was only a Listed Race that he won – he will have to step up again in order to contend – he could be one of those to be suited by the pace of the race and the ground. The colours worn by this horse will be well known across the world as they are those of Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith.
I was very impressed with how THE SUMMIT put the field to the sword and how he quickened away. If he handles the ground he could be very special indeed. Just keep a very close eye on ARAPAHO as he will most likely be doing all his best work at the finish and could surprise quite a few.
This is a high-quality renewal of this race and, hopefully, we will be able to get one or both horses in the frame.