During the French 1000 Guineas tournament, a player from France was able to beat a rival player from Portugal. This is only the second time in the history of the tournament that a French player has achieved this feat. This is a significant accomplishment that will continue to attract attention from other countries and sports teams.
Despite winning the Qipco One Thousand Guineas, Cachet will have to prove her mettle in the French equivalent of the same race on Sunday. The French 1000 Guineas is a gruelling 1600 metre contest, which is open to three-year-old fillies. It is a prestigious Group One race and is a test of stamina and speed. The winner will take home a hefty PS250k prize fund.
The French 1000 Guineas has become one of the premier events of the flat season. Four fillies have made the effort to double up in this race. Cachet (Ire) is the star of the show and will have to perform on the grandest scale to be successful.
Cachet is a bay filly by Aclaim, a son of Danehill, who is owned by the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Agency. She was foaled in Ireland and sent to training in Newmarket, Suffolk with George Boughey. She won a minor race as a two-year-old and has improved since.
The French 1000 Guineas is the oldest of the big three flat racing races, which also includes the 1000 Guineas and the 2000 Guineas. It is the first of the two major races to take place on a Sunday in late April, and it is also one of the most important flat races of the year. Despite the competition, Cachet looks like the one to beat in the French version.
Despite the lack of track experience, Lassaut looks a very talented young racehorse. He has a big stride and a very tough attitude. His last outing was impressive, taking serious scalps over a mile. He is set to go off as the favourite in the French 1000 Guineas on Sunday.
Lassaut is a three-year-old son of Almanzor, who has been trained by Jean-Claude Rouget. He made his all-weather debut at Deauville in December. He also beat Tribalist in a maiden at Chantilly. He has recently been acquired by Ferrari's Charles Leclerc. The three-year-old has entries in the French Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Lassaut will be joined by Aidan O'Brien's filly Toy, who has been unbeaten in four starts. She is the best of Aidan O'Brien's raiders. She is also Aidan O'Brien's sole representative in the French Guineas.
Lassaut's rivals include Modern Games, who is a two-year-old champion. He will be partnered by William Buick and Appleby-Buick, and he is 2/1 for the French 1000 Guineas. The other French runners are Erivann, Vadeni and Mqse De Sevigne.
The Poule d'Essai des Pouliches is a key race in the middle of May. It is equivalent to the British 2,000 Guineas and the Irish 1,000 Guineas. There are 16 starters in the French Guineas, with 16 colts in the Pouliches.
Earlier course winners Copper And 5 and Briardale will also take part.
Among the three-year-old fillies, Rosacea (Zamindar) has emerged as the most likely candidate to win the French 1000 Guineas (G3) on May 15. She has had three consecutive wins and has no hitches with her preparation since the Prix de la Grotte. The filly is owned by Jurgen Winter's Haras de la Perelle, and is trained by Stephane Wattel. She also won the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches at ParisLongchamp in April.
Rosacea is the first winner from the Zamindar mare Relizane, who is sister to Reggane, who won the E P Taylor Stakes at Royal Ascot last year. The filly has good gears and should finish well off the pace, and her draw has been very good.
The French 1000 Guineas is a mile race, open to three-year-old fillies, and the purse is EUR500,000. A large field of 16 horses will battle it out. A draw is crucial in fillies' races, and Rosacea has drawn in stall 17.
Rosacea has won all three of her races last year and is looking for a fourth. She finished a neck ahead of Mangoustine, who denied the George Boughey trained bay Cachet of her bid to win the English equivalent.
Cachet's chances of a triple-up are slim, but she still looks a good horse. Her two-year-old win in the Prix de Fontainebleau at the same track last year should give her confidence.
Among the 13 contenders for the French 1000 Guineas, Aidan O'Brien's Tenebrism is the favourite. She is unbeaten in two runs, and will be ridden by Ryan Moore. The Aidan O'Brien team has dominated the race in recent seasons, and will be hoping to continue this trend.
In addition to Tenebrism, the Aidan O'Brien team has also got stablemates Toy and Tuesday to run. The latter is a full-sister to last year's winner Minding. Both have a great chance of success.
Tenebrism is a Pivotal filly out of Immortal Verse, a former Group One winner. She beat Goldikova in the Prix Jacques la Marois at Chantilly and is also unbeaten in three races at the distance. She has been improving steadily in recent weeks and looks set to have a big race on her hands.
Tenebrism has had a trouble-free preparation, and should be able to follow up her Cheveley Park victory. She faces some stiff competition, however, with four-year-old Saffron Beach in the field. She also faces some tough question marks, including whether she is the right type of sprinter to win the race.
Aidan O'Brien has had a bad time in France in recent months, and Tenebrism is his first win in the country since September last year. She has a chance to follow in the footsteps of Aidan O's other three-year-olds who have won the Qipco 1000 Guineas, including Flotus and Light Infantry.
Those battling for the top prize in the French 1000 Guineas on Tuesday will need to be at their best, or they could be heading home in disgrace. The race is open to three-year-old fillies and has a purse of EUR500,000. The field will be well represented by a host of French stars and a number of local contenders.
A number of British three-year-olds and fillies will be in the running. The field has also been boosted by the return of Claymore to the Classics after a strong second in the G3 Craven Stakes.
The French 1000 Guineas has been a contested race since 2010 and a number of French horses have shown the ability to race over a mile. Mangoustine was a notable winner, beating Cachet by a short head in the French equivalent.
Cachet will have to go very quickly from the gate in the French 1000 Guineas on Tuesday. But with George Boughey's star stepping up in trip for the first time, he will have a chance. He showed a tough attitude when winning the Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket last month.
Aidan O'Brien's Toy is also in the frame for the French 1000 Guineas. This filly has won four of her five starts to date. She is a full sister to Classic winners Joan of Arc and Gleneagles. She has also won the Prix de la Grotte over course and distance last month.
Having won the Qipco 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket in December, George Boughey's star will be looking to add another Classic success to her name. The two-year-old has won two of her three career starts, finishing runner-up on her first two starts. Her form this season is improving as she has won three of her last four starts. She is the top French hope in the 1,000 Guineas.
Miesque has an impressive list of honours, including ten Group I wins. She will be looking to add to that tally when she lines up in the Prix Miesque at Chantilly on May 3. Her son, Milligram, finished second to her in the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamps in October.
The Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, or French 1000 Guineas, is a Group 1 flat horse race held over 1,600 metres at Longchamp on May 3. There is a limit of 14 runners, and the top fillies usually compete in the Prix de Diane.
The Poule d'Essai was first run in 1840. It was originally run on a middle course, but was later switched to a main course. It is a Group 1 race for three-year-olds, and is open to fillies only.
Miesque will be looking to become the first French winner of the 1,000 Guineas in four years. She is a daughter of the legendary Mureyes, who avenged a disqualification in 1980 by winning the Prix Maurice de Gheest in 1992. She has built an international reputation in the stud farm and on the track.