A bit of France in the Slipper

20 March 2020

A bit of France in the Slipper

Photo Soneva : scoopdyga.com

It’s Saturday morning at 6:30 am in France that one of the most sought after 2-year-olds' race in Australia, the Golden Slipper (Gr1), will take place at Rosehill Gardens near Sydney.

The race brings together no less than sixteen runners on a 6-furlong race over a two-turn course. It is the main feature of a card that includes five Group 1 races including the local Guineas, which have the particularity to be run over 10 furlongs, rather than the usual mile in Europe

One of the best fillies in the field has got a lot to do with French racing. Indeed, See You Soon is a daughter of Siyouni, an Aga Khan sire based in Normandy, and Soneva (Cherokee Run), a US-bred mare who was in training with Yves de Nicolay in Deauville and won the Prix d'Aumale (Gr3) in 2008 for Swiss owner Arno Curty. She left France in November 2016, full of this filly born in August 2017. See You Soon is offered at 15/1 in the Australian race, whose prizemoney equals Aus$3.5m. This season in the southern hemisphere where she was born (we are there as in September here), the filly has finished second in her last two races behind Dame Giselle, who is a little favourite once again, including one last time in a Group 2 race at Randwick, Sydney's main racecourse.

See You Soon is also trained by Jean-Etienne Dubois, a former champion trotting trainer-driver in France who has achieved a spectacular conversion in the antipodes, where he is simply called Jean Dubois.