June 16, 2021

Jacques Le Marois Prize 2020: teasing of the European milers summit

Flagship event of the Deauville summer meeting each year and among the best races over the mile in Europe, the Jacques Le Marois Prize brings together for its 99th year of existence a panel of seven horses and high class jockeys, French, English and Irish, all having a knife between their teeth to enter the Pantheon of the winners of this legendary straight-line race.

The Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard – Jacques Le Marois, a highlight of the Deauvillais meeting each year (© APRH)

Created in 1921 to honor the memory of the count Jacques Le Marois, eminent owner-breeder from the beginning of the 20th century and President of the Société des Courses de Deauville from 1911 until his death in 1920, the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard – Jacques Le Marois (Gr.1) us This year, again, is a great moment of sport, the best milers and jockeys in Europe having made the trip to the banks of La Touques to try to put their name on the list of this prestigious event where they distinguished themselves before them. authentic champions like Miesque (1987-1988), Spinning World (1996-1997), Dubawi (2005), Manduro (2007), Goldikova (2008), Moonlight Cloud (2013), Kingman (2014) and other Alpha Centauri (2018).

A 2020 edition featuring seven high quality horses and seven jockeys, which we present to you one by one below.

1° Pretreville (Gérard Augustin-Normand / Pascal Bary / Cristian Demuro)


Victorious in seven of his eleven fights where he has never finished further than third, Pretreville had left a good impression in the Prix Bertrand du Breuil (Gr.3), the day of his return in May, at Chantilly, before finishing second in Persian King, which he finds again this Sunday, in the Prix du Muguet (Gr.2), at Saint-Cloud. Winner of the Prix du Pont du Jour (L.) at the Craon racecourse last year, this son ofAcclamation, presented at the October yearling sale in 2016 by the Haras du Mezeray where it had been bought 100,000 €, will try to continue the course of its good outings and bring a first success in this event to Gérard Augustin-Normand, his owner, as well as his jockey, the very fit Cristian Demuro, Pascal Bars, his trainer, having won this race in 2003 with the excellent Six Perfections.

2° Persian King (Ballymore & Godolphin SNC / André Fabre / Pierre-Charles Boudot)


Son of Kingman, winner of this Jacques Le Marois Prize in 2014, Persian King He has never ceased to impress since the age of 2 when he won the Autumn Stakes (Gr.3) at the Newmarket racecourse, before taking on the Poule d’Essai des Poulains (Gr.1) at 3 years old. . After after failing by a small neck for victory in the Prix de Montretout (L.) at Chantilly, a back-to-school race having done him a lot of good, the resident of Godolphin SNC and of Ballymore Thoroughbred Ltd. remains on two victories full of authority in the Prix du Muguet (Gr.2), at Saint-Cloud as well as in the Prix d’Ispahan (Gr.1), at Chantilly. Always esteemed by his mentor, the Cantilian master André Fabre, co-record holder for the number of victories (7) as a trainer in this race, Persian King is one of the most visible competitors before the start of this event and will again be associated with his faithful partner, Pierre-Charles Boudot.

3° Circus Maximus (Flaxman & Magnier & Tabor & Smith / Aidan O’Brien / Christophe Soumillon)

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Winner of the St James’s Palace Stakes (Gr.1) during the Royal Ascot 2019 meeting, Circus Maximus is the first asset of the Irish delegation, trained Aidan O’Brien, developer ofExcelebration, winner of the Jacques Le Marois 2013 with Christophe Soumillon in the saddle, and again called by the master of Ballydoyle to ride the boarder of the Niarchos family, this Sunday. Seeming to improve with age, evidenced by his victory in the last Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Gr.1) after a fierce mano a mano with Romanised, which he finds again this Sunday, as well as his victory in the Queen Anne Stakes (Gr.1) at Royal Ascot and his good second place behind mohaather in the Sussex Stakes (Gr.1) at Goodwood, this son of the breed chief Galileo He also has a good chance at the start of the most beautiful event of the meeting in Deauville.

4° Romanised (Robert Ng / Ken Condon / Billy Lee)

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Latest winner of the Jacques Le Marois Prize, in 2019, Romanised also makes the trip from the Emerald Isle to put his title on the line. Better than ever from the top of his five years, beaten by nothing by Circus Maximus in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Gr.1) and author of a victorious reappearance in mid-July at the Curragh racecourse in the Mintrel Stakes (Gr.2), the resident of Robert Ng, driven by the dreaded Ken Condon, will have to bring out the big game once again to achieve the difficult double, no longer seen since Spinning World in 1996 and 1997 and Miesque before the latter in 1987 and 1988, two representatives of the casaque Niarchos. Romanised will be supported in its task by its faithful partner, William-James “Billy” Lee, who, once back in Ireland, will have to observe a period of fortnight to come up abroad. There is no doubt that confidence is in order to see the son ofHoly Roman Emperor take an active part in the arrival of this event …

5° Palace Pier (Cheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed Al Maktoum / John Gosden / Lanfranco Dettori)

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Another class horse presented at this 2020 edition of the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard – Jacques Le Marois, and one of the three youngest (3 years old) at the start of this event, the undefeated Palace Pier remains on an impressive success in the St James’s Palace Stakes (Gr.1) at Royal Ascot against the champion Pinatubo, winner since of the Prix Jean Prat (Gr.1), here, in Deauville, and facing Royal Dornoch, victorious in the Desmond Stakes (Gr.3), in Ireland, recently. Lines that plead in favor of this protege of the great John Gosden, who will be ridden by the crack jockey Lanfranco “Frankie” Dettori, preferring to spend the weekend in Normandy and sacrifice, albeit reluctantly, the York Festival, an important stage in the English dish calendar, because of the fortnight imposed since this morning by the British government for any person joining the Perfidious Albion from France. A carefully considered choice that we hope to see bear fruit, especially since Frankie Dettori will also be associated with Mishrieff this Saturday, in the Prix Guillaume d’Ornano (Gr.2) and in the American Campanelle in the Prix Morny (Gr.1), next Sunday.

6th Restiany (Guy Pariente / Henri-Alex Pantall / Maxime Guyon)


Horse still brand new with only four outings to his credit, Restiany nevertheless showed some potential at 2 years old by winning the Prix de la Croix Marquet at the Princes de Condé racecourse in Chantilly, then at 3 years old, making his own the Prix de Saint-Patrick (L.) in Saint-Patrick. -Cloud face to more experienced horses like Arapaho (Prix du Pont-Neuf, L.) and Devil (Prix Eclipse, Gr.3). Bought € 240,000 at the August yearling sale in 2018, this son of the phenomenal Frankel, unsuccessful in fourteen attempts, will try to complete his task, after a good trip, in order to bring a first success in this test to all his entourage, namely Guy Relative, his owner-breeder, Henri-Alex Pantall, his trainer, and Maxime Guyon, his jockey.

7° Alpine Star (Niarchos family / Jessica Harrington / Stéphane Pasquier)

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The only filly at the start of this race, but not the least, Alpine Star is a sister by Sea The Moon of the champion Alpha Centauri, winner of the Jacques Le Marois 2018 for the same entourage, and remains on two performances of choice, failing by nothing for the victory in the Prix de Diane (Gr.1), at Chantilly, after having soared in the Coronation Stakes (Gr.1) at the last meeting of Royal Ascot, in England. A top-class filly, trained in Ireland by Jessica Harrington and dressed in the famous gown of the Niarchos family, to whom she will try to offer a tenth victory in this legendary event, which she sponsors with her breeding entity, the Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard, in Orne, since 1986, synonymous with equalization of the record until then held by fire Marcel Boussac, the “Mr. Jacques Le Marois“from the mid-1900s, with ten victories.

Under no circumstances should you miss this great moment of sport at the La Touques racecourse in Deauville, which is scheduled to start this Sunday, August 16, at 3:50 p.m.!