Sunday 24/08/2014

Group 1 racing from France

Goodwood
R5 Doom Bar Supreme Stakes G3

Curragh
R2 Kilfrush Stud Royal Whip Stakes G3
R3 Debutante Stakes Fillies G2
R4 Galileo European Breeders Fund Futurity Stakes G2
R5 Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger Trial Stakes G3

Deauville
R4 Darley Prix Morny G1
R5 Darley Prix Jean Romanet G1
R6 Darley Prix Kergorlay G2

Cut Off Time 11:10pm

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"Two Royal Ascot stars from opposite sides of the Atlantic clash in the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday.
Neither John Quinn's The Wow Signal nor the Wesley Ward-trained Hootenanny have appeared since June, with the former having been briefly sidetracked following his Coventry Stakes victory.
Ward had been planning to take Hootenanny to this week's Gimcrack Stakes but the logistics of travel meant France would be an easier journey for the juvenile than York.
This could be a second consecutive Morny for the American trainer following No Nay Never's success 12 months ago.
After Hootenanny, who has the same Coolmore connection, blitzed his rivals the Windsor Castle Stakes, Ward wondered whether he should have instead taken on The Wow Signal at Ascot.
"I think mine is a pretty quality colt, but we went for the Windsor Castle stakes because he was beaten in his previous run on the dirt," he said.
"I was disappointed with him that day because I think so highly of him.
"But when he won at Ascot in a time that I believe was almost as fast as the older horses (in the King's Stand Stakes), I was kind of kicking myself as he was taking home a Listed race and The Wow Signal was winning a Group Two.
"I think he's capable of running over a mile, he's a really big colt with a nice shoulder on him.
"He's arrived in France, he's doing well, and I think even if the track gets a little wet, it will suit him."
The Keeneland Ph**nix Stakes at the Curragh had been the target for The Wow Signal but Harry Herbert, advisor to owner Al Shaqab Racing, said: "It was infuriating to miss the Ph**nix as he was in great form but literally just had a couple of coughs and his blood was slighty off which was agony for John Quinn and everybody.
"He's back firing on all cylinders now and we're hopeful that he'll run a big race.
"I think he'll get seven, he's out of a High Chaparral mare, so ultimately we'll be looking at the Dewhurst, something like that.
"He's very good, a slightly forgotten horse, really, as he's disappeared since the Coventry."
The remaining seven runners are trained on the continent, with the Aga Khan's filly Ervedya looking a very bright prospect when taking her unbeaten record to three in the Prix de Cabourg, a traditional trial over course and distance at the start of the month.
Group Three winner Goken was not far behind Richard Hannon's Kool Kompany in the Prix Robert Papin, while Quevedo represents Spain."

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"Runner-up in the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes (Eng-I) earlier this month at Goodwood, the Aga Khan's Narniyn will take a third shot at an elite-level breakthrough Aug. 24 in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Fr-I) at Deauville.

The 2,000-meter (about 1 1/4-mile) race for older fillies and mares drew 11 entrants, including English and French classic-placed Secret Gesture.

A 4-year-old daughter of Dubawi, Narniyn initiated a three-race win streak that began last October with a victory in her stakes debut at Chantilly, then followed up later that month by capturing the Prix de Flore (Fr-III) by 1 3/4 lengths from Jean Romanet entrant Gaga A. After more than seven months without a race, she opened this season for trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre by taking La Coupe (Fr-III) against males June 12 at Longchamp.

Subsequently tried twice in group I races, Narniyn registered a fourth behind Spiritjim and Noble Mission in the June 29 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. That was followed by a second in the Nassau, when back against her own division Aug. 2 at Goodwood.

Secret Gesture, a 4-year-old Galileo filly, knocked at the door of a group I win three times last year for trainer Ralph Beckett, finishing second in both the Investec Epsom Oaks and German Oaks, and third in the Yorkshire Oaks.

A stakes win at Nottingham June 16 was bookended by a pair of seconds in group II races: the Middleton Stakes in May at York, and the York Stakes July 26 last time out.

Other contenders include recent German stakes winner Red Lips, who placed third in a group I last year in Italy, and French group II winner Pollyana, third behind Cirrus des Aigles in the Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-I) May 25 at Longchamp in her most recent outing."