Preview 2019 Prix du Jockey Club
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2019 Prix du Jockey Club

June 2, 2019 - 2,100 meters, Chantilly, France

Preview: April 16, 2019

This year's successful run of the Godolphin stable might expand on the Prix du Jockey Club, at least the current French Derby favourites Persian King and Royal Meeting are wearing Godolphin blue. A real danger could come from the owners of the Chanel fashion empire, as Wertheimer et Frère are holding several strong colts in the 2019 Prix du Jockey Club.

Persian King already impressed when won the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket last year. He now expanded his position as Prix du Jocky Club favourite by easily winning the Prix de Fontainebleau ahead of stablemate Epic Hero on his seasonal debut on April 14. The son of Kingman, winner of four of his five starts, is supposed to return to Paris-Longchamp for the French 2000 Guineas (Poule d’Essai Des Poulains) on May 12. If it would look like rain then, also a start at the British 2000 Guineas is possible, according to trainer André Fabre.

Royal Meeting is another red-hot candidate from the Godolphin stable. The Saeed bin Suroor trained son of Invincible Spirit won both starts last year, including the Criterium International at Chantilly. Royal Meeting also holds an entry for the German Derby on July 7. Among the 185 entries for the 2019 Prix du Jockey Club are other 23 Godolphin colts, like the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère winner Royal Marine or Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf winning Line Of Duty.

Slalom currently seems the most promising colt from the Wertheimer brothers for the 2019 Prix du Jocky Club. Coming from the back of the field, the son of Intello won the Prix Noailles (G3, 2,100 m) at Longchamp on April 14 well ahead of Godolphin's Syrtis (Frankel), who had won the Prix de Condé before. It was the third victory in the third race for Slalom.

Shaman, who is also owned by Alain und Gérard Wertheimer, has the experience of seven races. He finished only fifth in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere last year, but was successful twice this year already. A triumph in the Prix Omnium II followed a wire-to-wire victory in the Prix la Force (G3, 1,800 m) on April 7.

Starmaniac, another colt in the silks of Wertheimer et Frère, beat strong opponents in the Prix Tourbillon at Saint Cloud on March 30. The son of Sea The Stars is trained by Carlos Laffon-Parias in Chantilly, where the Prix du Jockey Club takes place.

Anodor was beaten as clear favourite in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere by Royal Marine, he had won the Prix des Chenes before. Despite this defeat trainer Freddy Head thinks highly of his son of Anodin. Before Anodor will take part in the Prix du Jockey Club, he is supposed to run the Poule d’Essai Des Poulains.

Sound Of Victory is another descendant of Sea The Stars, he triumphed over 2,000 meters in Chantilly on April 1. His trainer Pascal Bary won the Prix du Jockey Club five times.

Broome came runner-up in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere and proved his class again when won the Ballysax Stakes in Leopardstown on April 6. Would the son of Australia win the Prix du Jockey Club, it would be the first success for star trainer Aidan O'Brien in that race. However, Broome is also entered for the Epsom Derby. He will have his next start in Ireland again, the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial on May 12.

Odds comparison - 2019 Prix du Jockey Club:

  (decimal, April 16) Racebets Betbird
  Persian King 3,5 4,5
  Slalom 13 10
  Royal Meeting 13 13
  Anodor 13 15
  Epic Hero 13 15
  Line Of Duty - 15
  Shaman 15 20
  Starmaniac 15 20
  Royal Marine 26 30

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