Racing fans are in for an early treat this week as Deauville plays host to four feature Group contests including the Group 1 Prix Rothschild which has attracted strong British and Irish interest. Our expert editor provided a runner-by-runner guide to the feature contest below, alongside an exclusive customer offer from bet365, which is offering £50 In Free Bets to new customers when you sign-up and bet £10.
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Prix Rothschild (1m, 2:33pm Tuesday)
Kennella (Nicolas Caullery, Stéphane Pasquier) 66/1
Ran well without getting her head in front in Group 1 and Group 2 company last season including when running a mighty race behind Mother Earth and Coeursamba in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches at Longchamp. Comfortably held by Goldistyle on her seasonal return back in May at Longchamp and weakened right out of contention when finishing six and a half lengths behind Saffron Beach in last month’s Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot. Returned to winning ways over this course and distance in Listed company when last seen, but faces a tough task now back up in grade and hard to see her playing a role in the finish.
Pearls Galore (Paddy Twomey, Billy Lee) 8/1
Very useful filly who progressed markedly during her four-year-old campaign last term. Landed back-to-back Group 3 victories at Fairyhouse and Tipperary before rounding off the season with runner-up efforts in Group 1 company in the Matron Stakes and Prix de la Foret. Showed that she retains all of her ability when landing the Group 2 Lanwades Stud Stakes on her penultimate outing before finding Aidan O’Brien’s Order Of Australia too strong in the Minstrel Stakes just last month. Faces a pair of talented rivals in the form of Saffron Beach and Tenebrism, but is certainly up to winning at this level at some stage.
Saffron Beach (Jane Chapple-Hyam, William Buick) 6/5
Highly-talented filly for connections. Built on her juvenile season with some huge efforts at three last term. Finished second behind Mother Earth in last season’s 1000 Guineas at Newmarket last May but managed to turn the tables on Aidan O’Brien’s daughter of Zoffany with a three-length success in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes in October. Returned this year with a promising fourth in the Dubai Turf over in Meydan before returning to British soil and thumping her six rivals at the Royal meeting in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes last month. Looks likely to add to her sole victory at Group 1 level if replicating that kind of performance here, and is clearly the one they all have to beat.
Goldistyle (Carlos Laffon-Parias, Maxime Guyon) 25/1
Lightly-raced filly who was off the mark at the second attempt when narrowly prevailing in a Chantilly maiden last May. Failed to fire in her opening outings in Listed company but finished the season strongly and managed to reach the frame behind the much higher-rated Speak Of The Devil at Saint-Cloud on her final start at three in the Isola Bella Listed Stakes. Has seemingly progressed from three to four and wasn’t beaten far last time out in Group 3 company at Chantilly. Takes a significant rise in class on Tuesday afternoon and will have to improve once again if she is going to trouble the market principals.
Sibila Spain (Christopher Head, Aurelien Lemaitre) 20/1
Highly-tried at the highest level last season and wasn’t beaten far in the Prix Saint-Alary Stakes and Prix De Diane when finishing a creditable fourth. Was slightly disappointing when filling the same position on her seasonal return in the Group 3 Edmond Blanc Stakes at Saint-Cloud in April but soon got back on track with a Group 2 victory at that venue the following month. Didn’t appreciate the faster conditions when finishing well beaten in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket’s July meeting and comes into this with a few questions to answer after that lacklustre performance.
Malavath (Francis-Henri Graffard, Christophe Soumillon) 16/1
Enjoyed a productive juvenile campaign for top connections last season. Built on her impressive maiden victory at Chantilly last September with a career-best effort when returning to the course and distance less than a month later, prevailing by a head in the Group 2 Criterium De Maisons-Laffitte. Rounded off her campaign with a mighty performance behind Pizza Bianca in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf out in Del Mar in November before returning in April this year with a cosy success at Group 3 level. Struggled to recapture those sorts of efforts in her subsequent starts however, having been well beaten in the 1000 Guineas and the Group 3 Prix du Palais-Royal on her last two outings. Clearly has the ability to figure but her latest efforts have been slightly disappointing and she’s best watched for now.
Tenebrism (Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore) 7/4
Smart filly who created a big impression when routing her eight rivals at Naas on her debut last March as a two-year-old. Confirmed that initial promise was no fluke when defeating a star-studded field in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on her final juvenile start. Didn’t seem to stay the trip when readily defeated in the 1000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes but was certainly strong at the finish when bouncing back to winning ways in some style in the Prix Jean Prat over seven furlongs last time out at this track. Yet to prove that she stays this far but is well worth another crack at this trip judged on her latest success and is a leading player.
Prix Rothschild Verdict
The way in which Tenebrism hit the line last time out in the Prix Jean Prat suggests she should have every have of staying this extra furlong despite her past performances over the mile trip. The daughter of Caravaggio is respected once again but will do extremely well to get the better of Jane Chapple-Hyam’s four-year-old SAFFRON BEACH in this. Last season’s Sun Chariot Stakes winner could hardly have been any more impressive when stretching right away from her six toiling rivals in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot last time out and with a clear chance on official figures, the New Bay filly will take plenty of beating if turning up in similar form and a second success at Group 1 level looks very much on the cards.
- SAFFRON BEACH
- Pearls Galore
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