The Racing world descended on Deauville for the Arqana Sales and the Prix Morny in the middle of August. It was 4 days of serious selling and buying of yearlings, top class racing and a huge dose of serious fun.
André Fabre believes he now has a live contender for the 2,000 Guineas, following a game success in the Prix Morny by Earthlight. It was a victory to cheer all of French racing, as it ends a run of summer Sundays when the biggest races had consistently been won by British or Irish raiders.
The Morny had become a weak race for the home defence, with one French-trained winner in the previous 14 years, and Fabre has not had this trophy on his mantelpiece since the days of Zafonic, back in 1992.
A strong raiding party, including three Royal Ascot winners, made the journey to Deauville but were sent away empty-handed as Earthlight stuck his head out and prevailed by a neck over Raffle Prize, with the rest well held.
Fabre scoffed at a suggestion that the chestnut might prove to be a specialist sprinter. “He will go further, he will be a Guineas horse for sure,” the trainer said on Sky Sports Racing.
We will be watching.