1 - BRAMETOT (Draw: 1)

Trainer: Jean-Claude Rouget
Owners: Al Shaqab Racing & Gérard Augustin-Normand
Jockey: C. Demuro

Brametot will defend his trainer, Jean-Claude Rouget, current titleholder in the QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club with Almanzor. Gérard Augustin-Normand, the co-owner, also had a share in Almanzor. Brametot has a spectacular running style. In six starts he has only been defeated once, and his jockey, Cristian Demuro, took responsibility for this, having wound up the colt early on to rejoin the field after a slow start. The start is the weak point for Brametot : he is slow out of the stalls and can run out of touch with the field. However this is how he is best: last and relaxed, in the straight he can show his wicked turn of foot. Brametot is coming off a win in the Abu Dhabi Poule d’Essai des Poulains, over 1.600 metres on the straight at Deauville. It was his second start in 2017 after he won the Prix de Fontainebleau classily, a Group 3 prep for the Poule. Brametot has never run over further than 1.600 metres, but he knows Chantilly and, given his running style, should adapt to the 2.100 metres, as long as he is relaxed. The only question mark is that, by coming from the rear, he risks ending up wide on the outside in the final turn, losing ground. A small field and a jockey that knows him by heart should help. Brametot comes from the first crop of a stallion based at Haras de la Cauvinière, Rajsaman, and his dam is a sister to Monsun, a stallion that has been very influential in Germany.

2 – WALDGEIST (Draw: 5)

Trainer: André Fabre
Owners: Gestüt Ammerland, Newsells Park Stud, Michael Tabor & Mme Susan Magnier
Jockey: P.-C. Boudot

Waldgeist was a candidate for the Epsom Derby for a long time, run over 2.400 metres. However in the end this Andre Fabre trained colts heads to the QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club. This was a surprising turn of events. This colt has a lot of stamina in his pedigree, and was beaten on his seasonal comeback in the Prix Greffulhe (Gr2), over 2.000 metres, a distance that was judged too short for him. He was well beaten by Recoletos that day, who was having his third start of 2017 and will be lining up in the QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club.

At 2, Waldgeist debuted with an impressive win, by two lengths, against a quality opposition. Behind him in second was Called to The Bar, who has won a Group since. Still immature and without doubt not very precocious, he then went down by a short margin at the beginning of October, in the Prix de Condé (Group 3), by horses who have not gone on to much. Twenty days later Waldgeist had his revenge over the two colts that beat him in the Group 3. He thrashed them in the Critérium de Saint-Cloud (Group 1), leaving, visually, an excellent impression. Over 2.000 metres on soft ground, he won by a length in front of Best Solution who since won a Derby prep at Lingfield.

On Sunday at Chantilly, Waldgeist will need to bring his best game to justify the esteem that his connections held for him last year as a Derby horse. His sire Galileo is the best stallion in the world and is known for passing on his stamina. His dam, Waldlerche, won the Prix Pénélope (Group 3, over 2.100 metres). She is a sister to Masked Marvel, the best staying 3yo in 2011 in Europe and winner of the St Leger (Group 1) at Doncaster. The third dam won the German St Leger before producing Waldpark, winner of the German Derby.


Owners: Derrick Smith, Mme John Magnier & Michael Tabor
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
Jockey: J.-A. Heffernan

Orderofthergarter is one of the four Irish runners for Coolmore in this QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club. Michael Tabor, one of the partners, has already won this race. This was in 1999, with the crack Montjeu, who went on to become a very influential sire. Montjeu was trained in France, by John Hammond, although the majority of Coolmore horses are trained in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien, who has won the Epsom Derby five times, but not yet the French Derby.

Orderofthegarter is a son of Galileo, the best stallion in the world, who stands at Coolmore. His dam’s family were mostly effective on the sprint or over a mile, but Galileo gives stamina. Orderofthegarter came into himself at the beginning of 2017 in Ireland, where he was impressive on his two starts before going to the Abu Dhabi Poule d’Essai des Poulains. He was fifth in this race, ten lengths from Brametot, the winner. Orderofthegarter needs to have improved from this to have a hope this Sunday, but he is not already beaten. He has not yet run further that 1.600 metres but in the Poule d’Essai, he was at times caught for speed and was still going forward crossing the line. The extra five hundred metres of the Prix du Jockey Club could favour him.

4 - TAJ MAHAL (Draw: 2)

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
Owners: John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Jockey: D. O’Brien

Taj Mahal is no other than the full brother to Gleneagles. They are by Galileo and out of You’resothrilling. Gleneagles won the Newmarket 2.000 Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1s), among others. Taj Mahal is also the brother to Marvellous, another Classic winner, who won the Irish 1.000 Guineas (Group 1). You’resothrilling is also the dam of Coolmore, fifth to La Cressonnière in the Prix de Diane Longines, the fillies version of the QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club. Taj Mahal is blue blooded. You’resothrilling is a full sister to the champion Giant’s Causeway, winner of the Prix de la Salamandre, the St James’s Palace Stakes, the Coral Eclipse, the Sussex Stakes, the International Stakes, the Champion Stakes and second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (Group 1s). Taj Mahal himself was fifth in the Critérium de Saint-Cloud behind Waldgeist. For his 3yo comeback, the colt finished second in the Leopardstown 2.000 Guineas Trial Stakes (Listed), over 1.600 metres.

5 - RECOLETOS (Draw: 12)

Trainer: Carlos Laffon-Parias
Owner: Darpat France
Jockey: O. Peslier

Supplemented into the QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club, Recoletos is undefeated this year. He made his comeback in a maiden, the Prix des Trois Massifs at Fontainebleau, where he won with no opposition by four and a half lengths. A winner next time out in a Class 1 at Saint-Cloud, he then was the dominant winner in the Prix Greffulhe (Group 2), two and a half lengths in front of Waldgeist, also runner in this QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club. He is trained by Carlos Laffon-Parias, who has yet to win this race, nor has his owner, Darpat France, which is the name of Dario Hinojosa’s racing operation. The last time Olivier Peslier won this race was in 2013, with Intello.

Recoletos is a son of Whipper, winner of the Prix Morny, Maurice de Gheest and Jacques Le Marois (Grs1) on the straight at Deauville. However, his progeny are capable of staying 2.100 metres, as with the Group 1 placed Very Nice Name. Recoletos also has stamina on his dam’s side. His dam, Highphar, has produced several winners over 2.000 metres or more. The third dam, Sharata, is a half sister to the champion Shahrastani, who won the Epsom and Irish Derbies.

6 - BAY OF POETS (Draw : 3)

Trainer: Charlie Appleby
Owner: Godolphin
Jockey: W. Buick

Bay of Poets is capable of brilliance, and of disappointing. He has been supplemented by his connections to take part in the 2017 running of the QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club. His best was on the all weather track at Kempton at 2 years old, against a field that turned out to have modest ability. The worst were the three eighth places that followed, in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (Gr2), the Racing Post Trophy (Gr1) de Rivet and the Critérium International de Thunder Snow.

For his 3yo comeback, this colt trained by Charlie Appleby was third in the Investec Derby Trial (L, 2.000 metres) at Epsom. Towards the rear throughout the race, he was not comfortable in the closing stages, but finished well for third. The winner, Cracksman, is one of the favourites for the Epsom Derby. On the 12th May, over 2.100 metres, Bay of Poets was second in the Dee Stakes. He once again travelled at the rear. However at Chester, the straight is not very long and despite a strong finish, he couldn’t make up the ground in time to catch  Cliffs Of Moher who is entered in the Epsom Derby. This latter is currently second favourite for the English Classic.

Lope de Vega, the sire of Bay of Poets, won the Prix du Jockey Club, as did his sire Shamardal, and he is known for passing on his speed. There is a lot of stamina on his dam’s side. His dam is a daughter of Montjeu (Jockey Club winner over 2.400 metres) and she has already produced Burma Gold, winner of the Italian St Léger. The third dam foaled the champion Borgia, one of the few fillies to have beaten the colts in the German Derby.

7 - D’BAI (Draw: 7)

Trainer: Charles Appleby
Owner: Godolphin
Jocke : J. Doyle

D’Bai is a son of one of the most sought after stallions in the world, Dubawi. On the dam’s side, it is also promising as his dam has already had, from the same stallion, Dubawi Gold, a Group 2 winner, and also second in the Irish 2.000 Guineas and the QIPCO 2.000 Guineas (Group 1s). D’Bai carries the blue colours of Godolphin, and he is trained in Newmarket by Charlie Appleby.

He was second to Trais Fluors on his comeback in the Prix de Pontarmé (Listed) after having disappointed in heavy ground in the Critérium de Saint-Cloud (Gr1, over 2.000m) won by Waldgeist, who he will meet again here. At 2 years old, he finished third in the Champagne Stakes (Group 2) before winning the Silver Tankard Stakes (Listed). He will be running for the first time over 2.100 metres in this 2017 edition of the 2017 QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club.

8 - SOLEIL MARIN (Draw: 11)

Trainer: André Fabre
Owner: Godolphin
Jockey: M. Barzalona

Soleil Marin was supplemented into the QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club. He began his career in the colours of Madame Elizabeth Fabre, then he was bought by Godolphin before his win in the Prix Noailles (Group 3). Counting three wins from 5 runs at 2 years old, Soleil Marin made his 2017 seasonal debut in the Prix François Mathet (Listed). A fighter, as a rule he travels near the pace and finds plenty of speed when under pressure. He is trained by André Fabre. Godolphin last won the Prix du Jockey Club in 2005 with Shamardal wheras Mickaël Barzalona has not yet won it.

This colt comes from a very good family. He is a son of Kendargent and Sousmarine. This is also the family of Plumatic, also a runner in the QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club 2017.

9 - WAR DECREE (Draw: 8)

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
Owners: Andrew Rosen, John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Jockey: R. Moore

War Decree will be stepping up in trip in the QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club, having only ever run over 1.400 and 1.600 metres. He was not brilliant in the Craven Stakes (Group 3), run over 1.600 metres. War Decree all the same had finished his 2 year old year on a win in the Qatar Vintage Stakes (Group 2, over 1.400m). On his debut, the colt trained by Aidan O’Brien won by a length and a half in front of Orderofthegarter, also running in the QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club 2017. War Decree is a son of War Front and Royal Decree, a daughter of Ticker Tape. The second dam of this colt won the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (Group 1). She is a sister to Brando, a Group 3 winner in Great Britain.

10 - BE MY SHERIFF (Draw: 6)

Trainer: Miroslav Rulec
Owner: Nadine Siepmann
Jockey: T. Bachelot

Be My Sheriff adds a touch of the exotic to the 2017 edition of the QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club. His trainer, Miroslav Rulec, is Czech, and trains in Germany. After having begun his racing career in his home country of Germany, the colt ran three times in France, each time ridden by Théo Bachelot. Second on the all-weather at Cagnes-sur-Mer for his comeback at he end of February, he was then sixth in the Prix La Force (Gr3, 1.800m), against a high class bunch of horses, and a distance too short for him. Coming back to Chantilly, over 2.000m, Be My Sheriff flew home in the Prix de Laigneville (Class 1). He passed the post five lengths in front on soft ground. However his trainer is certain he will be effective on good ground. Be My Sheriff will be the first Classic runner for Miroslav Rulec. In his pedigree, there is some of the Classic. His sire, Lawman, won the Prix du Jockey Club and he has already had a placed runner in this race, Dicton. His second dam, Maid of Kashmir was placed in a prep race for the German Oaks.

11 - RIVET (Draw: 4)

Trainer: William Haggas
Owner: The Starship Partnership
Jockey: L. Dettori

Trained by William Haggas, Rivet arrives here from England. He has already run in France, where he was third in the Abu Dhabi Poule d’Essai des Poulains over 1.600 metres on the straight at Deauville, last May. Rivet finished three lengths off the first two, Brametot and Le Brivido, not having the same acceleration as them in the finish. He will definitely be more at ease over 2100 meters, as he lacks a bit of speed to be a champion 3yo miler. Rivet is not just anyone. At 2 years old, he won the Racing Post Trophy, a Group 1 over 1.600 metres, which is the best race for this age bracket over this distance. William Haggas, his trainer, has never won the Prix du Jockey Club, but he trained a Derby winner at Epsom, with Shaamit in 1996. The jockey onboard Rivet, the Italian Lanfranco Dettori has won the Jockey Club three times: in 1992 with Polytain, in 2005 with Shamardal and in 2007 with Lawman. On the pedigree side, Rivet is a son of Fastnet Rock, a Coolmore stallion who shuttles between Australia and Ireland. His dam, Starship, is a daughter of Galileo, the best stallion in the world. The maternal line of Rivet has plenty of speed, with the champion sprinter Superstar Leo for example, and stamina, with Mahler, winner of staying races such as the Queen’s Vase, and placed in the St Leger at Doncaster and the Melbourne Cup, the « race which stops a nation ».

12 – PLUMATIC (Draw: 10)

Trainer: André Fabre
Owner: Wertheimer & Frère
Jockey: M. Guyon

Plumatic is blue blooded. He is a son of the top stallion Dubawi – sire of Jockey Club winner New Bay – and of Plumania, another champion, who won the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Group 1) and the Prix Corrida (Group 2). Plumatic is the second foal from this mare and is one of three runners for André Fabre in this Prix du Jockey Club… and the least experienced. From a late-maturing family, Plumatic ran for the first time in March 2017. This was at Saint-Cloud and he left an impression with his smart turn of foot, winning with style. Highly esteemed, he then jumped up several rungs of the ladder for his second start, lining up in the Prix de Guiche, a Group 3 prep for the QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club. He was only second that day, but the weather was bad and the ground very soft. Plumatic does not have a big action, but a very quick one, and on the heavy ground he couldn’t accelerate. The QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club will be only the third race for this attractive colt, well stamped by his sire Dubawi, with a good looking head and plenty of power. He still lacks experience at this level, but if the ground comes up fast, his acceleration could allow him to do well.


A legendary running of the Qipco Prix du Jockey Club 33 years ago

A mythical edition of the Qipco Prix du Jockey Club was at the forefront of this years promotional video. It was that of 1984, which saw Darshaan finish in front of Sadler’s Wells and Rainbow Quest. Why this one in particular? Because these first three past the post went on to become internationally renowned stallions, who have changed the breed of the thoroughbred. A perfect illustration of the ultimate aim of a race like the Qipco Prix du Jockey Club, which is to make a selection of future stallion.

Going back to 1984. A young trainer, whose name was not yet on the list of French Derby winners, saddled a colt named Darshaan. He had won the Prix Greffulhe and Hocquart coming into the race, and had only ever know one defeat, on the day he made his 2 year old debut. He was therefore one of the favourites. The trainer, named Alain de Royer Dupré, had been training the horses of His Highness the Aga Khan for just a little over a year, after the death of François Mathet.

Darshaan had lifted the Prix Greffulhe and Hocquart, but had not scared them off in this race, and was facing 16 horses, from France, Ireland and England. Vincent O’Brien had not hesitated to bring Sadler’s Wells, second in the Irish Guineas, whilst Rainbow Quest, for the Abdullah colours and trained by Jeremy Tree, was running over 2.400 metres for the first time after his fourth place in the Newmarket Guineas.

In a well paced race, Yves Saint-Martin held up Darshaan mid field. Rainbow Quest and Alain Lequeux were also riding patiently, whilst Sadler’s Wells was up near the pace. The Robert Sangster colt looked like the winner turning into the straight, before coming under pressure from Rainbow Quest, and above all, Darshaan. This latter felt the sting of the whip for the first time in his life, and reacted by pulling clear in the final hundred meters.

An indelible mark. Darshaan went to stud at the end of his 3 year old year. From his 471 winning progeny in Ireland and abroad, comes the winner of the 2000 Guineas, Mark Of Esteem, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf, Kotashaan, and Dalakhani, winner of the Prix du Jockey Club in 2003. Group I winners that have also come from daughters of Darshaan include horses such as Sendawar, High Chaparral, Islington, Zainta, Sulk, Alborada, Ebadiyla, Edabiya, Astarabad, Alexander Goldrun, Eagle Mountain, Sarafina, Lillie Langtry, Wavering

Sadler’s Wells, well beaten that day, took his revenge through his progeny. He became the greatest European stallion of his time, and the best stallion through whom runs the line of the legendary Northern Dancer. He sired 74 Group 1 winners, and his sons in their turn have become influential stallions. Amongst these are the names of Galileo, Montjeu, High Chaparral, In the Wings, Old Vic, Salsabil, Opéra House, El Prado, Barathea. Sadler’s Wells died at the age of 30 in 2011, in his Irish paddock at Coolmore Stud, where he had retired in 2008.

As for Rainbow Quest, he sired 18 Group 1 winners, including Saumarez, Quest for Fame, Spectrum, Croco Rouge

Federico Tesio, one of the greatest thoroughbred breeders in the world, said: « The thoroughbred exists thanks to the Derby », speaking of the Epsom Classic. Nonetheless, it is the first three home in the Prix du Jockey Club 1984 that have had the most influence on thoroughbreds in the twentieth century.