Qatar Prix de Ris-Orangis: A new battle over the Channel

11 July 2020

Qatar Prix de Ris-Orangis: A new battle over the Channel

Photo Tour to Paris :

Major players in European sprints, horses trained in Great Britain are back in force in the Qatar Prix de Ris-Orangis (Gr3), a race that has remained French since 2006. They are nine at the start this time including three English and one Czech opposed to some French revelations of this period of unwanted isolation …


  • 1. TOUR TO PARIS (h5, FRA by Fuissé and Théoricienne, by Kendor) Rating: 112lbs

Trained in Chantilly, he arrived undefeated from Hungary, where he started after being bought € 3,000 a yearling in Deauville in April 2019. He won his first race under the training of Pia Brandt with ease. Significantly beaten immediately after, he redeemed himself on the Deauville sand track in the summer, where he finished second before winning again. He won again at Maisons-Laffitte in a Listed at the end of the season but failed regularly this winter in Dubai, and for his return to France, before achieving one of the best performances in the price of Gros-Chêne (Gr2) , which he dominated by four lengths, which earned him to return 2 kilos.

  • 2. BATWAN (g5, FRA by Kendargent Matwan, by Indian Rocket) Rating: 104lbs

Trained in Mont-de-Marsan, he did not find a buyer for € 25,000 at the yearling sales in Deauville and therefore runs for his breeder. He started racing in the winter of his 3 years at Cagnes-sur-Mer with a victory, and quickly tackled the selection program the following spring with some success, without succeeding in winning in this category. Twice second in the spring of 2019, absent a year later, he won on his return to the Prix de Saint-Georges (Gr3), and then failed in the Prix du Gros-Chêne (Gr2).

  • 3. GLEN SHIEL (g6, GB by Pivotal and Gonfilia, by Big Shuffle) Rating: 106lbs

This handicapper ran all winter in England on the sand, took a break of almost three months then returned in June, running three times in one month to win once on PSF. He goes up category.

  • 4. AZANO (g4, GB by Oasis Dream and Azanara, by Hurricane Run) Rating: 104lbs

Gelded last September after finishing fifth out of five in a Group 2 race at Doncaster, he had alternated excellent and poor performances at the best level of the classic generation, on both sides of the Channel, with his previous trainer, John Gosden . He almost surprised Spinning Memories for his return in the Prix du Palais-Royal (Gr3) when his jockey went to get the outside line, and went to the post decisively, but he could not repeat in the Porte Maillot (Gr3), and will be shortened to 6 frulongs for the first time.

  • 5. PRETORIAN (g8, GB by Sakhee’s Secret and Pink Champagne, by Cosmonaut) Rating: 100lbs

Trained in the Czech Republic, absent two years from August 2018, when he finished second in the Goldene Peitsche (Gr2) in Baden-Baden, his best performance to date, to June this year, he has returned in the Prix Hampton (L) over 5 furlongs, finishing ninth out of eleven.

  • 6. TERTIUS (c4, FRA by Siyouni and Rhenania, by Shamardal) Rating: 101lbs

Third last year to Spinning Memories in the 6f Prix de Meautry (Gr3), he failed twice on softer ground then but finished third for his return on the Chantilly all-weather, running well. Last in the Prix du Palais-Royal (Gr3) over 7 furlongs, on the other hand, he has raced better over 5 furlongs in the Prix Hampton (L) more than three lengths behind the winner, Ken Colt.

  • 7. DUBAI STATION (c3, GB by Brazen Beau and Princess Quest, by Iffraaj) Rating: 108lbs

Third last year in the Darley Prix de Cabourg (Gr3) on this same course, this 3-year-old from England won his Group 3 on the all-weather track at Newcastle for his return, beating Malotru by a neck, then failed in the Commonwealth Cup (Gr1). He gives 2lbs here.

  • 8. ROYAL CRUSADE (c3, GB by Shamardal and Zibelina, by Dansili) Rating: 108lbs

Twice Group-placed last year over 7 furlongs, he has just made a good comeback on 6 furlongs when 6th in the Commonwealth Cup (Gr1). He must have improved since then, four weeks later.

  • 9. ALOCASIA (f3, GB by Kingman and Portodora, by Kingmambo) Rating: 103

Good second to Wooded, a runner in the Qatar Jean Prat (Gr1) this Sunday, for her comeback in the Texanita (Gr3) over this distance, she won very pleasantly immediately after, again on 6 furlongs, in the Prix Marchand d’Or (L) .