The other French Oaks

12 May 2017

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The 4 first home in the Prix Vanteaux meet again in the Coolmore The Gurkha Prix Saint-Alary, third Gr1 of the weekend in Deauville... 

While the French Guineas take center stage this weekend in Deauville, the Coolmore The Gurkha Prix Saint-Alary (Gr1), for 3-year-old fillies over 1m2f, will undoubtedly crown one of the main actresses of the season. They are eleven at the start to take the succession of Jemayel (Lope de Vega), with the first four jome in the Prix Vanteaux (Gr3), on April 9th, out for a rematch.

That day, the dogfight in which all of them engaged over Chantilly's stretch turned out in favour of Gold Luck (Redoute's Choice), who beat a tough Monroe Bay (Makfi) and Hebah (Sea the Stars) by a short head. Trained by Freddy Head for Wertheimer & Frère, the winner is the last foal out of Born Gold (Blushing Groom). Now retired, this exceptional mare entered stud with only one provincial victory to her credit, but she gave 13 winners who earned over €8m, more than five of them by the mighty Goldikova ...

On Sunday however, Gold Luck has to face a coalition from Great Britain and Ireland, led by the undefeated Coronet (Dubawi), sent by the redoubtable John Gosden, and Asking (Zoffany), from Ireland, from Ballydoyle precisely, where she was conditioned by Aidan 0'Brien after her Guineas Trial 2nd place ...