The 2020 Jacques le Marois (Sunday 16 Aug) looks sure to be one of the highlights of the season. This Group 1 Race takes place at Deauville over 7 furlongs and 209 yards and some of the best French horses will be looking to repel high-class raiders from England and Ireland.
Restiany represents France’s Classic generation and the Frankel-sired colt landed a Listed race on just his fourth start. But he was sent off at 10/1 that day and he is rightly much bigger odds to land this tougher race.
The lightly raced 5-year-old Pretreville has won six of his 11 starts and elevated his form to a new level by winning a Group 3 on his seasonal debut. He followed that by finishing second to Persian King, but there’s no reason why he should reverse the form.
Persian King has since won a Group 1 and is France’s main hope to land this prestigious prize. But Andre Fabre’s 4-year-old has yet to be tested against the cream of England and Ireland and meets some smart types here.
Former Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Romanised won this last year but this year’s contest looks a stronger renewal. Circus Maximus is rated 2lb higher and could get an easy lead in this line-up. But he’s run his best races for Ryan Moore, so it will be interesting to see what tune Christophe Soumillon gets out of him.
With doubt surrounding the joint top-rated horse, one of the two Group 1 winning 3-year-olds is taken to add to the impressive record of the Classic generation in this race.
Alpine Star is the only filly in the line-up, and she represents the same connections that won the 2018 edition of the Jacques le Marois. She won the Coronation Stakes in taking style and her second in the French Oaks has been boosted by the winner winning the Nassau Stakes at the Qipco Goodwood Festival.
Palace Pier is our Jacques le Marois tip. John Gosden’s son of the 2014 Jacques Le Marois winner Kingman was an impressive winner of the St James’s Palace Stakes last time, taking his unbeaten record to four. Immediately after that win, Gosden nominated this race as his next target and he’s sidestepped some prestigious races to come here fresh. Frankie Dettori also misses next week’s Ebor Festival to ride.
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