Brando takes G1 glory in the Prix Maurice de Gheest

Filed on 7 Aug 2017 @ 14:37

Brando (Pivotal) led home a British quartet in the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest, on Sunday at Deauville.

Third in the July Cup (Gr1), Brando kept going on Deauville's 6 1/2 furlongs straight course to score his first Group One victory. Trained by Kevin Ryan, Brando led an all English podium since both the 2nd-placed Aclaim (Acclamation) and third-placed Tupi (Tamayuz) also crossed the Channel to rally Deauville.

Sprints, even extended to 1,300 meters, remain a very English specialty: 5 of the last 9 winners were trained there.

Favorites failed to make the frame as Signs of Blessing (Invincible Spirit), winner of the 2016 renewal, faded to finish fifth behind 4th-placed Magical Memory (Zebedee), also trained in Britain. The 3-year-old Caravaggio (Scat Daddy), who missed the start, American frequent flyer Bound For Nowhere (The Factor) and Fas (Fastnet Rock) were never a danger.

The second most important race of the day in Deauville, the Prix de Pomone (Gr3) Haras Firmamento, went to Bateel (Dubawi), trained by Francis Graffard in Chantilly who had just distinguished himself by winning in England. The 5yo mare held off Traffic Jam (Duke of Marmalade) after tracking the trainers by the rail with Pierre-Charles Boudot.

In the Prix de Reux (Gr3), two older horses prevailed as the leading Tiberian (Tiberius Caesar) bravely fought off Al Shaqab's Doha Dream (Shamardal), a faller in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Gr1). Trained by Alain Cou├ętil for Julian Ince's Haras du Logis and Australian Thoroughbred, the Australia-bound winner also had had his share of mishaps in Saint-Cloud, and the trainer re-mapped his program towards Deauville rather than tackling the Brits at home at Glorious Goodwood.

Filed on 7 Aug 2017 @ 14:37