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Sottsass begins his race towards the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe from Deauville

06/08/2020
On Thursday morning, the champion Sottsass galloped on the Deauville grass track at 6.40 a.m in preparation for his comeback race into the Prix Gontaut-Biron - Hong Kong Jockey Club (Group 3), on Saturday August 15th. The colt, who is trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, is kicking off his autumn season on the Normandy coast, his goal for the year being the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Group 1), on Sunday October 4 at ParisLongchamp. In 2019, Sottsass was third in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. He is the fourth favorite of the 2020 Thoroughbred World Championship race. 
 
In Deauville, every morning at sunrise for a few hours on the racecourse there is plenty of action. Not for the races: Deauville is also a renowned training center. During the Meeting de Deauville Barrière, from the end of July to the end of August, around 700 horses train here, taking advantage of the first glimmers of the sun and the coolness. And the sea: race horses can also enjoy the beach at the first light of dawn, in the company of polo ponies and a few trotters.
 
Jean-Claude Rouget, who trains Sottsass, analyzed his gallop: “He did a simple work, as we are accustomed to do: the goal is not to have a hard work, once they have made their seasonal bow, we do maintenance work. They worked over 1,800m. All went well: the horse has a good action and he behaves as he does when he is in good form. After the Ganay, we left him alone for three weeks. His work picked up for a comeback in mid-August. We didn't know if he would go to York [the Juddmonte International Stakes, note] or Deauville.
 
Apparently, we are going to Deauville: he still had a fairly long break and the York race would be difficult for a semi-return to racing. " After the Gontaut-Biron, Sottsass will have one more race before the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Two options are possible. Jean-Claude Rouget clarified: “Sottsass will then have several options before running in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe: either the Prix Foy (Group 2, September 13) or, if we stay over 2,000m, the Irish Champion Stakes (Group 1, September 12 in Leopardstown, Ireland). The latter test would be more rewarding for his future stallion career; I am not the only deciding voice, there are also his connections - Peter Brandt and Coolmore. We will discuss after the Gontaut-Biron.”