Wednesday At Maisons-Laffitte – G3 Prix de Ris-Orangis & G3 Prix Daphnis

There are a couple of big races taking place, on Wednesday, at Maisons-Laffitte (France).

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The G3 Prix de Ris-Orangis is a 6f contest for horses aged 3 and up. Mickael Barzalona will partner Andre Fabre’s Rosa Imperial. The Pivotal filly won the Georges Dercourt Stakes at Fontainebleau and looks to have this race at her mercy. Stablemate Via Ravenna and  Carlos Laffon Parias’ Attendu look the principal threats.

The G3 Prix Daphnis will be contested by a small field of runners. Just 4 are expected to go into the stalls, but it should be a competitive renewal none the less. The Frankel-sired Last Kingdom is likely to attract plenty of market-support. The colt won the Good Luck Stakes, at this racecourse, back in April. Spotify, Neguev and Fabrice Chappet’s Roc Angel all arrive in good form, however. This encounter could be quite special!

Racing At Maisons-Laffitte

Joseph Oller, who is credited with the invention of the pari-mutuel machine, opened this historic racetrack back in 1878. It is an important venue for French flat racing and there are a number of prestigious races that are held here each year.

Major Races

The Prix Eugene Adam is run over a distance of two thousand metres and takes place in the month of July. This is a G2 encounter for three year-old horses and was established in 1893. Back then, it was known as the Prix Monarch. Recent champions include Shimraan, Pisco Sour, Bayrir, Triple Threat and the 2017 winner, Heshem.

The Prix Robert Papin was inaugurated in 1892 and is a 5½f sprint for 2-year-olds. Originally known as the Omnium de Deux Ans, this has been a G1 fixture, since the new classification system was introduced in 1971. Charles Semblat is the most successful trainer, having scored 9 victories in the 1940s and 1950s.

The Prix Messidor is a mile race for horses aged 3 years or more. It was introduced just after the Second World War and used to be held at Saint Cloud. It was also moved to Deauville for several years, but the Maisons Laffitte spectators were more than happy to welcome the race back home in 2005.

The Coupe de Maisons Laffitte is a G3 fixture, which takes place in September. Run over 1m 2f, it is open to thoroughbreds aged 3 years and above. A trio of horses have won this race on two occasions. That honour is shared by Jocker, Fair Mix and Musical Way.

The Prix de Seine et Oise is a 6f sprint which takes place in the late autumn. Until 1981, this fixture was open to 2-year-olds. Now horses must be 3 years and above. Fine Art proved to be a war hero in France, winning this race on three occasions between 1942 and 1945.

The Criterium de Maisons Laffitte is another 6f sprint, specifically for 2-year-old horses and it has been a G2 fixture since the early 1970s. There are 3 jockeys who have won the race 4 times – Freddy Head, Phillippe Paquet and Cristophe Soumillon.

The Prix Miesque is a relative newcomer, having only been introduced in 2001. This 7f race takes place in either October or November and is named after the enormously successful French-trained filly – Miesque. Amongst her many memorable victories were the two Breeders’ Cup Mile successes of 1987 and 1988.

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