Raiders Look Impressive For Prix Rothschild At Deauville – Horse Racing News



For many years the Prix Rothschild (G1), formerly the Prix d’Astarte, went exclusively to French stables, but in the most recent tale of this first top-flight race of Deauville’s spectacular August season, it was a different story altogether.

In the last 10 years, this race, which climbs the straight 1,600 meters (roughly a mile) of Normandy’s famous coastal route, has made its way to English and Irish stables six times and it will come as no surprise if this trend continues on Tuesday.

In mares and mares, it’s Newmarket-trained 4-year-old Saffron Beach and Tenebrism, a year younger, representing stable Aidan O’Brien Ballydoyle, who seem to hold the aces.

Perhaps part of the reason is that their respective drivers, William Buick and Ryan Moore, have spectacular summer campaigns, with big race after big race falling to one or the other of these two great drivers.

But the main reason is the achievements of the two fillies.

Saffron Beach flashed from the front to win the Sun Chariot Stakes (G1) at a mile at Newmarket last October, finishing three lengths ahead of last year’s Prix Rothschild winner Mother Earth. And she was at least as stylish when she won the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, also on a straight mile, Buick let her down late for a comfortable 3 ½ length judgment despite scoring a five in this Group 2 -pound penalty in Group 1 shouldered competition.

Trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam said: “We went to Royal Ascot thinking it was going to be tough under the penalty but she proved just how good she is. She is something special.”

Buick said of this Royal Ascot triumph: “She was in a good rhythm and I kicked early because I knew she could last the mile.”

That comment certainly offers a clue as to Tuesday’s tactics as the primary threat, tenebrism, is yet to be proven at a mile, with its pedigree inconclusive as to whether it can be as effective as it was when Moore launched it with deadly accuracy to order rushing past predominantly male rivals in the Prix Jean Prat (G1) over 1,400 meters (seven stages) at Deauville this month.

Moore accompanied the daughter of Caravaggio to a Group 1 win in the 1,200m (six furlongs) Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket last September, in just her second career start, and prior to 2022 disappointments in Group 1 on fast ground at Newmarket and Ascot were quickly forgotten in Deauville.

“It was good to get back on a flat track and nice bottom, and once she had space she accelerated like a motorcycle,” Moore said.

Ireland have another interesting contender in Pearls Galore who performed twice by a mile winning the Lanwades Stud Stakes (G2) at The Curragh in May. Jockey Billy Lee will likely try to produce this talented daughter of Invincible Spirit late as she can quickly lose focus if she finds herself in front.

Difficult to say which of the French quartet is most likely to return the Prix Rothschild to local hands. Malavath (Christophe Soumillon) and Kennella (Stephane Pasquier) are on winning form at Deauville in Group 3 and a listed company respectively, while Sibila Spain (Aurelien Lemaitre) won the Prix du Muguet (G2) at Saint-Cloud in May, has like Maxime Guyon’s mount Goldistyle has never competed in Deauville before.


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