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Arc Weekend: Cadran, Abbaye, Foret Previews

Prix du Cadran Preview Saturday’s first day of the Arc meeting stages four Group 2 contests with the Group 1 Prix du Cadran run over 4100 metres (2m4 1/2f) the main attraction, writes Nigel Howard. This is the French equivalent of the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and has unsurprisingly attracted a classy group of […]

New Bay Looks Value in Open Arc

The Arc is finally upon us and an epic weekend of championship racing awaits, writes Nigel Howard. This year’s event, and next year’s too, will be held for the first time at the picturesque Hippodrome de Chantilly whilst Longchamp undergoes its 30-million-euro facelift. Sixteen go to post for the 95th running of the Prix de L’Arc […]

Arc Trials Weekend Preview

JAPANESE DERBY WINNER MAKAHIKI’S ARC CHANCES SET TO RISE IN THE CHANTILLY SUN The Arc picture will undoubtedly become clearer after the weekend with a whole host of championship races taking place in Britain, Ireland and France, writes Nigel Howard. On Sunday, Chantilly stages Arc Trials day which boasts 6 Group races, two at Group 1 […]

Deauville Festival: Prix Morny Preview

Lady Aurelia seeks Group 1 glory at Deauville Champion American juvenile filly LADY AURELIA puts her unbeaten record on the line when she tackles the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday, writes Nigel Howard. There was much anticipation that this race would see a tantalizing clash between the runaway winner of the Queen […]

Deauville Festival: Prix Maurice de Gheest Preview

Top class flat racing comes thick and fast at this time of year and as the curtain came down on Glorious Goodwood on Saturday, France kicked off its summer racing festival in the chic town of Deauville, writes Nigel Howard. At this time, it seems the entire flat racing fraternity migrates to the Normandy coast, […]

2016 Prix du Jockey Club preview

A truly spectacular weekend of racing awaits with the English and French Derbies being staged on Saturday and Sunday respectively, writes Nigel Howard.  The atmosphere at Chantilly, which provides the venue for the French Classic, is in complete contrast to the hustle and bustle of Epsom as it lies in the shadow of the grand […]

French Racing: Early Season Review

Corine Barande Barbe uncovers another Cirrus Des Aigles The French flat racing season was truly set in motion on Sunday when GARLINGARI, a five-year-old gelding owned, trained and bred by Corine Barande Barbe, unexpectedly produced a scintillating performance to win the Prix d’Harcourt at Chantilly, writes Nigel Howard from Paris. A quality field of twelve […]

Milord Thomas Retains Crown in Auteuil Thriller

MILORD THOMAS RETAINS HIS CROWN IN AUTEUIL THRILLER (48 Heures de l’Obstacle Day 2 Review) On Sunday, sunkissed Auteuil staged day 2 of its Autumn Racing Festival, writes Nigel Howard. Three Grade 1 races were up for grabs with the Prix la Haye Jousselin run over 5500m (three miles and four furlongs) for five- year olds […]

Ruby Victorious on Autumn Stars

THOUSAND STARS LANDS THE GRAND PRIX D’AUTOMNE AT AUTEUIL (48 Heures de l’Obstacle Day 1 Review) Auteuil staged its two-day autumn racing festival this weekend in a blaze of unseasonably hot weather. The meeting, aptly named 48 Heures d’Obstacle (48 hours of jumping racing) boasts four grade 1 events, an impressive 2.5 million euro in […]

Arc Weekend Day 1 Preview: The Calm Before The Storm

With such a sumptuous card on Arc day, Saturday’s meeting generally gets overlooked; but in the context of any normal weekend of racing it would surely enjoy headlines on its own merits, writes Nigel Howard. Four Group 2 events offering in excess of half a million euro in prize money, represent a pretty tasty starter […]