Double delight for British trainers in Deauville
Double delight for British trainers in Deauville By Alex Wiltshire 4:09PM 21 AUG 2016
Report: Deauville, Sunday
Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Group 1), 1m2f, 4yo+ fillies and mares
JAMES FANSHAWE secured a second win in three years in the Prix Jean Romanet as Speedy Boarding landed the Group 1 prize, to continue the dominance of British trainers, in a race won last year by Karl Burke.
The daughter of Shamardal travelled smoothly throughout the race and was launched to challenge entering the final furlong, holding off the Andre Fabre-trained Ame Bleue to win by a length and three quarters.
The four-year-old was bouncing back from a disappointing effort in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.
It was a landmark day for trainer and jockey as the pair landed their first Group 1 successes.
"It's Freddy's [Tylicki, jockey] first Group 1 winner which is great, Fanshawe said. "He rode her really nicely and got her in a good position. She's always been very talented but as you can see she's a big, tall filly who's taken her time to really come into herself.
"I think maybe I ran her back a bit quick when she was a little flat in the Pretty Polly in Ireland. On her day she's really good and I thought she won decisively today.
"Mark Weinfeld and Meon Valley Stud have been great supporters and to have my first Group 1 winner for them is really good. She looked like she really stayed on so it will either be the Opera or the Fillies and Mares at Ascot. It won't be both."
Speedy Boarding is now a best priced 12-1 (from 20) to win the Qipco Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes.
Also on Sunday
Darley Prix Kergorlay (Group 2) 1m7f, 3yo+
NEARLY CAUGHT was anything but as he cruised to a three-length success to leave British trainers with a double victory in Deauville.
The Hughie Morrison-trained grey bounded clear down the home straight to follow up his win in a Listed contest at the same track last month.
"He's won easier here today," said Morrison. "He was the lowest-rated horse, I can't win with him in England. But he loves going right-handed, on a flat, galloping track.
"And maybe at six he has just matured. He's never been easy to train and he's also been unlucky. He tries too hard, but he's an absolute rock of a horse, a lovely horse."
The trainer stated that the plan would be to return to France for the Prix Du Cadran at Longchamp.
"He's done no work since he ran here last time. I'm delighted for the owner who is a great supporter of racing and is nearly 90. You have to go for the Cadran, don't you ?"