#DARLEYSERIES : ALLEZ LES BLEUS
The #DarleySeries is made up of three races for 2-year-old colts and fillies, run over 5 ½ or 6 furlongs in July and August:
Darley Prix Robert Papin (Gr2) on 22nd July in Maisons-Laffitte
Darley Prix de Cabourg (Gr3) on 29th July in Deauville
Darley Prix Morny (Gr1) on 19th August in Deauville.
The Darley Stud has been a long-term partner of France Galop.
Darley is sponsoring the Darley Prix Morny (Gr1) day, which also features the Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Gr1), since 2006. At the heart of the Barrière de Deauville meeting, in August around the yearling sales, this partnership allows Darley to showcase the exceptional quality of its sires around the globe thanks to the international renown of this meeting.
This year, Darley will also be associated with two traditional launchpads to the Darley Prix Morny, which takes place this year on August 19th, as always in Deauville. This is the Darley Prix Robert Papin (Gr2) and the Darley Prix de Cabourg (Gr3). These two juvenile championships are run on July 22 for 1,100 meters in Maisons-Laffitte and July 29 for 1,200 meters in Deauville respectively.
These three 2-year Group races, which have seen many young champions take off to a great career in the past, will form the Darley Series.
Darley are offering to the winning breeder of the Darley Prix Morny (the final in the series) a 2019 nomination up to the value of €10,000. However if the same horse has also won the Darley Prix Robert Papin or Darley Prix de Cabourg en route to winning the Darley Prix Morny this will be increased up to the value of €20,000. *
In addition, the winning owners of each of the three races will be invited to the Darley Stallion Parade in 2019.
Sunday 19th August 2018
PRETTY POLLYANNA WINS MORNY AND #DARLEYSERIES FOR THE GREDLEYS
Winner by seven lengths of a Group 2 race at Newmarket in her previous outing, English raider Pretty Pollyanna (Oasis Dream) held on to take the Darley Prix Morny (Gr1) beating Signora Cabello (Camacho) aftet the two British fillies fought it to the end.
Tird-placed True Mason (Mayson) is the first colt at the post at four lengths.
The first three of this juvenile championship, final leg of the #DarleySeries, are therefore trained in Britain. The fourth, Land Force (No Nay Never) is Irish, and the first French home, Sexy Metro (Diamond Green), is fifth.
Pretty Pollyanna was bred by Middle Park Stud, owned by her owner Bill Gredley, whose son Tim is also a director. The filly went for sale at Newmarket but she was bought back £50,000.
Her second dam Friendlier (Zafonic) is a sister of the great champion User Friendly, who was one of the best fillies to perform under the Gredley colors.
Thanks to her success, her breeder Bill Gredley is offered a 2019 Darley nomination up to the value of €10,000.
Friday 17th August 2018
#DARLEYSERIES: TOP JUVENILES GATHER IN DARLEY MORNY
The toast of Europe’s new generation is meeting in Deauville in the Darley Prix Morny (Gr1), final leg of the #DarleySeries. Nine 2-year-old colts and fillies have been confirmed on the 6 furlongs straight course. Naturally there are the winners of the two previous #DarleySeries, namely Signora Cabello (Camacho), winner of the Darley Prix Robert Papin (Gr2) at Maisons-Laffitte, and Comedy (Dandy Man), who has just won the Prix Darley de Cabourg (Gr3) in Deauville.
There are also two leading speedsters from Ireland with Land Force (No Nay Never), who won the Richmond Richmond Stakes (Gr2) at Goodwood last time out, and So Perfect (Scat Daddy), second in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes ( Gr1) at the Curragh. Pretty Pollyanna (Oasis Dream) has just won a group 2 at Newmarket by seven lengths and has planned a raid in Normandy since then.
The French side relies on Sexy Metro (Diamond Green) and Simply Striking (Kheleyf), respectively second and fifth in the Darley Prix Robert Papin, only beaten a neck and a length over a slightly shorter trip.
A new Gallic success, seven years after that of Dabirsim in the same race, is not excluded.
Darley, which represents the breeding interests of Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, emir of Dubai, also sponsors the 3 other group races of the day, that is the Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Gr1), the Darley Prix de Pomone (Gr2) and the Darley Prix Kergorlay (Gr2). Ten mares gather in the former with Bateel (Dubawi), winner the Prix Corrida (Gr2) for her return, facing the tough Gr1 winners Rhododendron (Galileo) and Urban Fox (Foxwedge), among others.
Sunday 29th July 2018
#DARLEYSERIES: ENGLISH FILLY COMEDY WINS THE SECOND STAGE
A filly trained in Great Britain by Karl Burke, Comedy (Dandy Man) took command of the field in the Darley Prix de Cabourg (Gr3) on Sunday, sealing a convincing win over her peers. Towards the end of the 6-furlong sprint, jockey Ben Curtis urged her on to nudge out Kodyanna (Kodiac), who is also trained in Great Britain and was ridden by Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon. The first French horse in the line-up, We Go (No Nay Never), slid into third place.
Comedy fetched €21,000 as a yearling in the Goffs Sale, but did not make her reserve price at this year’s Goffs Breeze Up Sale.
If Comedy or compatriot Signora Caballo (Camacho) – who won the Darley Prix Robert Papin (Gr2), another stage of the #DarleySeries, last Sunday at Maisons-Laffitte – gallop to victory on 19th August in the Darley Prix Morny (Gr1), which is also held on the home straight at Deauville, their breeder will be awarded a €20,000 voucher to be used towards a stud fee for one of the Darley stud’s stallions.
Saturday 21st July 2018
#DARLEYSERIES: THE DARLEY PRIX MORNY SHAPING UP WELL
Six runners were declared in the Darley Prix de Cabourg (Gr3) on Sunday 29 July, the first Sunday of the Deauville Barrière meeting this year. We will soon know the successor of Tantheem (Teofilo), the last edition's winner of this 6 furlongs juvenile race that's revealed so many future stars of the turf.
The Darley Prix de Cabourg (Gr3) is the second stage of the #DarleySeries before the August 19 finale, the Darley Prix Morny (Gr1), which already looks very promising. A revelation of the Royal Ascot meeting, Calyx (Kingman) won the Coventry Stakes (Gr2) there and is announced in the Deauville showpiece, while trainer Michael Bell has said that he also planned a trip to Normandy for his impressive Duchess of Cambridge Stakes (Gr2) seven lengths winner, Pretty Pollyanna (Oasis Dream).
More to follow on Wednesday, August 1 at the entry stage for the Darley Price Morny.
Sunday 22nd July 2018
SIGNORA CABELLO STRIKES FIRST IN #DARLEYSERIES
Favorite after her Queen Mary Stakes (Gr2) win on June 20 at Royal Ascot, Signora Cabello (Camacho) won Sunday's Darley Prix Robert Papin (Gr2), first round of the #DarleySeries at Maisons-Laffitte.
Trained in North Yorkshire by John Quinn, the filly held off French colt Sexy Metro (Diamond Green), beaten by a neck after seeming able to overtake the winner about 100 yards from the post.
The winner was ridden by Lanfranco Dettori, and won Sunday for the fourth time in a row.
The first two at the post on Sunday are expected to meet again on August 19 in the final leg of the #DarleySeries, the Darley Prix Morny (Gr1), over 6 furlongs.
By then, the Darley Prix de Cabourg (Gr3), in which 33 colts and fillies are entered, will be run on July 29 on the Deauville straight course to reveal the main challengers of the Darley Prix Robert Papin winners in the juveniles' squad.
Bred in Ireland, Signora Cabello is owned by Phoenix Thoroughbred and Zen Partnership. She cost £20,000 as a yearling at Tattersalls in Newmarket, where she was bought by Richard Knight Bloodstock and Sean Quinn. Like the champion sprinter Kingsgate Native (Mujadil), her 3rd dam is Spanish Habit (Habitat), dam of the classic filly Las Meninas (Glenstal).
Wednesday 18th July 2018
PRIX ROBERT PAPIN : ROYAL ASCOT WINNERS SET THEIR SIGHTS ON THE #DARLEYSERIES
After the first withdrawals on Wednesday, eleven two-year-old colts and fillies are still entered in the Darley Prix Robert Papin (Gr2), which will be run over 5 ½ furlongs this Sunday at Maisons-Laffitte. It will be the first of the three #DarleySeries races, contested before the Darley Prix de Cabourg (Gr3), which is run a week later at Deauville, and the Darley Prix Morny (Gr1), the final, which is scheduled on 19th August.
Just like the current title-holder, Unfortunately (Society Rock), eight of the eleven contenders in the Darley Prix Robert Papin hail from Great Britain. Only the unbeaten Sexy Metro (Diamond Green) and Simply Striking (Kheleyf) fly the flag for France in this very British sprint for early-bloomers. The former is trained in Mont-de-Marsan by Didier Guillemin for Gérard Augustin-Normand, Alain Jathière and Jules Ouaki, while the second is stabled at Chantilly with Mauricio Delcher-Sanchez, who trains him for Pandora Racing and Ahmed Mouknass. Italian horse You Better Run (Thewayyouare) completes the field.
Among the youngsters in the running is Pocket Dynamo (Dialed In), who came second in the Norfolk Stakes (Gr2) at Royal Ascot, and Signora Cabello (Camacho) who won the Queen Mary Stakes (Gr2). It was also at Ascot that Soldier’s Call (Showcasing), who is still entered at Maisons-Laffitte, took the laurels in the Windsor Castle Stakes (L). As planned, Little Kim (Garswood), the most recent winner of the Prix du Bois (Gr3), is also on the list. She is trained by Karl Burke, just like the current title-holder…
Late entries close tomorrow, Thursday, at 11.30am.
Wednesday 11th July 2018
31 ENTERED IN THE DARLEY PRIX DE CABOURG, THE SECOND STAGE OF THE #DARLEYSERIES
As of Wednesday 11th July, eighteen two-year-old colts and thirteen fillies, a third of which are based in France, have been entered in the Darley Prix de Cabourg (Gr3), the second stage of the Darley Series after the Darley Prix Robert Papin (Gr2).
Run over a distance of 6 furlongs on Sunday 29th July, this race is held during the Prix Rothschild (Gr1) event, the first big race day of the Barrière Deauville Meeting.
Dabirsim and Ervedya are the most recent winners of the race to go on to triumph at Group 1 level.
Dabirsim did the double with the Darley Prix Morny (Gr1), which is scheduled for 19th August this year and is the third stage of the Darley Series.
French trainer Freddy Head has won the last two edition of the Prix de Cabourg, with Alrahma then Tantatheem, two fillies owned by Sheik Hamdan Al Maktoum.
The former also finished second in the Darley Prix Morny, which was won by American horse Lady Aurelia in 2016.
Fourteen of the last fifteen editions of the Darley Prix de Cabourg were won by thoroughbreds trained in France.
Late entries close on Friday 20th July.
Wednesday 4th July 2018
19 ENTERED IN THE "PAPIN", THE FIRST STAGE OF THE #DARLEYSERIES
As of Wednesday morning, nineteen 2-year-old colts have been entered in the Darley Prix Robert Papin (Gr2), the first stage of the Darley Series.
Scheduled on Sunday 22nd July 2018 at Maisons-Laffitte and run over a distance of 5 ½ furlongs (sprint), this talent-revealing Group 2 race precedes the Darley Prix de Cabourg (Gr3), the second stage of the Darley Series challenge, which will be run over 6 furlongs. The final stage, the Darley Prix Morny (Gr1), will be run on 19th August, the same day as the Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Gr1), the Darley Prix Kergorlay (Gr2) and the Darley Prix de Pomone (Gr2).
Among the nineteen horses entered in the “Papin” is Little Kim (Garswood), winner of the Prix du Bois (Gr3) last Tuesday in Deauville for Karl Burke, French horse Sexy Metro (Diamond Green), unbeaten in two races and winner of the most recent Prix La Flèche (L), English mount Soldier Call (Showcasing), winner of a Listed race at Royal Ascot, and Comedy (Dandy Man), another protégée of Karl Burke – the trainer who current holds the title with Unfortunately – who won her last two outings.
Late entries close on Friday 13th July.
Darley awards the winning breeder of the Darley Prix Morny a €10,000 voucher for a Darley stud fee, which is increased to €20,000 if the winner has already won one of the first two stages, like Unfortunately last year, who won the Prix Robert Papin then the Darley Prix Morny.
Tuesday 3rd July 2018
LITTLE KIM STEPS OUT
The first Group race of the French season for 2-year-olds, last Tuesday’s Prix du Bois (Gr3) pitted eight fillies against one colt in a 5-furlong sprint at Deauville-Touques.
English filly Little Kim (Garswood) had the last word over American favourite Chelsea Cloisters (First Samurai), squeezing her out by over a length after making a bid for victory in the last two furlongs. Another Brit, Shumookhi (Society Rock), was beaten into third by a head, after leading from the start.
The first three finishers had all run at Royal Ascot, where they finished eighth, eleventh and tenth, respectively, in the Queen Mary Stakes (Gr2).
The winner represented Nick Bradley Racing 35, the Sohi stable and Karl Burke, her trainer. Last year, Burke trained Unfortunately, the winner of the Prix Robert Papin (Gr2) at Maisons-Laffitte and the Darley Prix Morny (Gr1) over 6 furlongs at Deauville.
After the course, he said he was going to enter Little Kim in the forthcoming edition of the Darley Prix Robert Papin, the first stage of the brand-new Darley Series, for which entries close on Wednesday. The race itself is scheduled on 22nd July at Maisons-Laffitte.
SUNDAY 22 JULY - MAISONS-LAFFITTE RACECOURSE
Gate open at noon - Entrance, parking and free animations
HOW TO GET TO MAISONS-LAFFITTE ?
1 avenue de la Pelouse - 78 600 Maisons-Laffitte
RER A toward Cergy and free shuttles from the station starting at noon.
Saint-Lazare station, ligne L stop Maisons-Laffitte and free shuttles from the station starting at noon.
Place de la Libération - Tel.: 01 39 62 21 72
From Paris La Défense - Pont de Bezons : after Sartrouville Bridge, turn right.
From Pontoise, Poissy and Versailles, Saint-Germain en Laye, Maisons-Laffitte town centre: go through the entry gates to the park and continue straight ahead until Place Wagram, then take the second road on the right.
HOW TO GET TO DEAUVILLE RACECOURSE ?
45 avenue Hocquart de Turtot 14800 Deauville
Deauville (from Paris Saint-Lazare)
Tel: 00 33 8 92 35 35 35
A13 Paris-Caen motorway
– Turn off at the Deauville junction
– Follow the road into the town centre
– After the train station, turn left down Avenue de la République
– Before the church, turn left towards Saint Arnoult
– The racecourse is 400m along the road, on your left.
Car parks payable on entry: €3
Deauville-Trouville taxis: Tel.: +33 (0)2 31 87 11 11