Entries by ThePafes

New Bay Looks Value in Open Arc

The Arc is finally upon us and an epic weekend of championship racing awaits, writes Nigel Howard. This year’s event, and next year's too, will be held for the first time at the picturesque Hippodrome de Chantilly whilst Longchamp undergoes its 30-million-euro facelift. Sixteen go to post for the 95th running of the Prix de L’Arc […]

Arc Trials Weekend Preview

JAPANESE DERBY WINNER MAKAHIKI’S ARC CHANCES SET TO RISE IN THE CHANTILLY SUN The Arc picture will undoubtedly become clearer after the weekend with a whole host of championship races taking place in Britain, Ireland and France, writes Nigel Howard. On Sunday, Chantilly stages Arc Trials day which boasts 6 Group races, two at Group 1 […]

French Racing: Early Season Review

Corine Barande Barbe uncovers another Cirrus Des Aigles The French flat racing season was truly set in motion on Sunday when GARLINGARI, a five-year-old gelding owned, trained and bred by Corine Barande Barbe, unexpectedly produced a scintillating performance to win the Prix d’Harcourt at Chantilly, writes Nigel Howard from Paris. A quality field of twelve […]

Ruby Victorious on Autumn Stars

THOUSAND STARS LANDS THE GRAND PRIX D'AUTOMNE AT AUTEUIL (48 Heures de l'Obstacle Day 1 Review) Auteuil staged its two-day autumn racing festival this weekend in a blaze of unseasonably hot weather. The meeting, aptly named 48 Heures d’Obstacle (48 hours of jumping racing) boasts four grade 1 events, an impressive 2.5 million euro in […]

Where Aigles Dare: Cirrus and Frankie to tackle Leger trip

  With the gates at Longchamp now closed for racing for the next two years whilst the course undergoes a massive redevelopment project, this year’s renewal of the Prix Royal Oak migrates up the road to the Hippodrome de Val d’Or, more commonly known the Saint Cloud racecourse, writes Nigel Howard. Home of the Group […]

Arc Weekend Day 1 Preview: The Calm Before The Storm

With such a sumptuous card on Arc day, Saturday’s meeting generally gets overlooked; but in the context of any normal weekend of racing it would surely enjoy headlines on its own merits, writes Nigel Howard. Four Group 2 events offering in excess of half a million euro in prize money, represent a pretty tasty starter […]

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