The British and Irish coaches have won the last three editions of the Prix Jean Prat and with raiders making up almost half of the 11 riders who will be competing in Deauville on Sunday, there is a good chance that the prize will cross the Channel again.
Charlie Appleby won the seven-stadia Group One with Pinatubo in 2020 and relies on the Poule d’Essai des Poulains Modern Games winner, who is returning on the journey after finishing third in the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly more recently.
That form got a huge boost when Vadeni confirmed his French Derby success in the Coral-Eclipse and the Godolphin colt looks set to play a starring role on Sunday afternoon.
“He’s in great shape but obviously we’re back a mile and a quarter at seven furlongs,” said the Moulton Paddocks manager.
“He is very authentic and he has a lot of natural rhythm. I hope it will be a fast pitch, which you can never be sure of in Deauville, but he shows all the signs he was before the (French) Guineas. .”
Richard Hannon’s Lusail nearly scoffed at the 28-1 odds when he was beaten just a head in the St James’s Palace Stakes. Prior to that, he had been beaten by just over five lengths in the 2000 Guineas. Mehmas’ son therefore showed marked improvement to close that gap to the winner of both races, Coroebus, at Royal Ascot.
Colt is another to back up in distance, although Lusail has plenty of speed and seven furlongs should be little trouble.
Sheila Lavery’s New Energy finished eighth at St James’s Palace and is also being tried on a shorter trip.
New Energy was in contention a yard away from his home at Ascot, and having finished second to Native Trail in the Irish 2000 Guineas before that, Lavery will be hoping the New Bay son can prove he belongs at Group One level in The north of france.
“Hopefully it’s not too close to Ascot, we’ve just run it home so until we meet it we won’t know, but it’s a really good one. traveler,” Lavery said.
“It took him a little while to get to Ascot, but hopefully he’s back to his old self and is down to seven for the last group of three we had to give it a shot.
“I think it will fit, he has such high cruising speed. Ascot was a confusing race and did he hold the steep mile? I’m not too sure or was it just the pace of the race. But I think he will do it against seven very well.”
The final runner making the trip is Aidan O’Brien’s Tenebrism. Many thought last season’s Cheveley Park winner would be back to sprinting after a sub-par effort in the 1,000 Guineas, but the Caravaggio filly vindicated her trainer’s decision to stick it to a mile in the finish a respectable fourth in the Coronation Stakes.
The filly’s big race rider Ryan Moore told Betfair: “We had the option of the Falmouth Stakes but I think this seven furlong race is a good place for her.
“A top class juvenile in her victory at Cheveley Park, the Guineas just weren’t ideal for her, but she formed much better when she finished fourth in a very strong Coronation Stakes last time out.
“She clearly saw the mile there very well, but she has a lot of pace and I can see the descent on the trip really suits her. I would be hopeful, although that race has a lot of depth, which you would pretty much expect a Group One.”
The winner of the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, Mangoustine, also participated in this fiery renewal of the Coronation Stakes won by Inspiral. However, the Mikel Delzangles-trained filly failed to follow her performance at ParisLongchamp and will look to recapture the form that saw her claim classic glory.
Andre Fabre is the race’s co-leading trainer having clinched Group One five times. The decorated handler this time relies on Tribalist, who finished third in the Modern Games in the French 2000 Guineas before failing to a short header in a Group Trois de Chantilly more recently.
Texas also brings the classic French form to the table, which split Modern Games pair Godolphin and Tribalist in the capital in May, while Francis-Henri Graffard saddles the thrilling Rozgar who makes the move to the One-company group at looking for his fourth consecutive success.
The field is completed by the triple winner Siam Paragon and the filly Accakaba.