horse racing

2019 Prix du Jockey Club

June 2, 2019 - 2,100 meters, Chantilly, France

  Pl. Dist.
Trainer Jockey Odds  
Sottsass J-C. Rouget C. Demuro 14,0  
  2. 2 Persian King A. Fabre P-C. Boudot 2,8  
  3. 2 Motamarris F. Head A. Lemaitre 9,8  
  4. 3/4 Cape Of Good Hope A. O'Brien R. Moore 24,0  
  5. 2 1/2 Roman Candle A. Fabre M.Barzalona 15,0  
  6. 3/4 Rockemperor S. Brogi I. Mendizabal 24,0  
  7. 1 Mohawk A. O'Brien D. O'Brien 44,0  
  8. 2 1/2 Surfman R. Varian A. Atzeni 14,0  
  9. 3 1/2 Kick On J. Gosden O. Murphy 38,0  
  10. 1/2 Raise You A. Balding D. Probert 19,0  
  11. 7 Joe Francais J-C. Rouget J-B. Eyquem 51,0  
  12. H Slalom A. Fabre M. Guyon 7,7  
  13. 2 1/2 Zarkallani A.De Royer-Dupre C. Soumillon 6,5  
  14. 3 1/2 Blenheim Palace A. O'Brien S. Heffernan 54,0
  15. 10 Starmaniac C. Laffon-Parias O. Peslier 37,0

Preview: May 30, 2019

Five consecutive victories gained 2000 Guineas winner Persian King, he enters the French Derby as clear favourite, never run further than a mile though. Slalom and Motamarris are two unbeaten opponents, six other rivals came from England and Ireland to Chantilly.

Persian King already impressed when won the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket last October. An easy victory in the Prix de Fontainebleau and a triumph on soft ground in the French 2000 Guineas (Poule d’Essai Des Poulains) even expanded his favourite position in the Prix du Jockey Club. The son of Kingman has not run further than a mile yet, but his pedigree indicates, he should stand the 2.100 meters at Chantilly, as his mother Pretty Please was successful above this distance.

Slalom is still unbeaten after three races. Owned by Alain and Gérard Wertheimer, the son of Intello won the Prix Noailles on April 14, one of the most important Prix du Jockey Club trails. Coming from the back of the field, he ended well ahead of Godolphin's Syrtis, who had won the Prix de Fontenoy before.

Motamarris is undefeated after three starts as well. He had already won his debut by seven length, most recently gained eight length in the Prix du Mont Pagnotte. Although Motamarris had won his races from the front, trainer Freddy Head believes, he would do even better, when another horse would lead him. However, the son of Le Havre has not run on Group level so far, why it is difficult to judge his real ability.

Raise You arrives from England at Chantilly. The Andrew Balding trained son of 2010 Prix Du Jockey Club winner Lope De Vega won both starts this year, most recently the Fairway Stakes at Newmarket, where he defeated decent horses like Al Hilalee or Khuzaam over 2,012 meters. Though most bookmakers have him second favourite, he still will have to improve in the French Derby.

Surfman is another guest from England. He attracted attention with a third place in the Dante Stakes at York on May 16. Actually the son of Kingman finished five length behind Telecaster and Too Darn Hot there, but had to work though the whole field from the back and then impressed on the home stretch. The short time between the Dante Stakes and the Prix Du Jockey Club could become a problem for him.

Roman Candle, like Persian King a Godolphin colt trained by André Fabre, was beaten by Shaman in the Prix la Force (1,800 m) on his seasonal return. But the son of Le Havre improved well in the Prix Greffulhe (2,100 m) on May 1. Despite a slow start, he relegated Starmaniac to the third place and fought down Prix Delahante winner Pappalino. André Fabre said after the race, he felt Roman Candle was still not quite on hundred percent.

Sottsass disappointed on his seasonal debut in the Prix la Force, but impressed with a six length victory in the Prix de Suresnes at Chantilly on May 5. Trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, who won the 2016 and 2017 Prix du Jockey Club, assumes that Sottsass (Siyouni) is a late horse with great potential that has no problem with soft ground.

Kick On was entered from the John Godsen stable. He won his first start of the season against a strong field at Newmarket, but had no chance at the British 2000 Guineas later on. The son of Charm Spirit is now expected to better over the longer distance.

Starmaniac is the second colt in the blue and white silks of Wertheimer et Frère. The son of Sea The Stars, who is trained by Carlos Laffon-Parias in Chantilly, beat strong opponents in the Prix Tourbillon at Saint Cloud on March 30. He then disappointed in the Prix Greffulhe, where he ended well beaten on the third place.

Cape Of Good Hope, Mohawk and Blenheim Palace are the three entries of the Irish star trainer Aidan O'Brien. The later came second behind Broome in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial on May 12, which is not the worst recommendation. Mohawk beat Cape Of Good Hope on Group 2 level last year, but disappointed on his last start in the Irish 2000 Guineas, which was just last week. Aidan O'Brien was successful all over the world, never won the Prix Du Jockey Club though.

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