Saffron Beach struck Group One gold for the second time with an impressive display in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville.
Unbeaten in two juvenile starts, Jane Chapple-Hyam’s stable star finished second to Mother Earth in last season’s 1000 Guineas before turning the tables to land the Sun Chariot in October.
Having kicked off her four-year-old campaign by finishing fourth in Dubai, Saffron Beach claimed Royal Ascot glory in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes in June and was the 8-11 favourite for her French debut.
Just as she did at the Royal meeting, Saffron Beach forced the pace from the off under William Buick, with Aidan O’Brien’s Tenebrism positioned in her slipstream and the Paddy Twomey-trained Pearls Galore leading a three-horse group that raced closer to the stands rail.
With Pearls Galore weakening out of contention, it turned into a three-way fight between Saffron Beach, Tenebrism and the Francis-Henri Graffard-trained Malavath racing inside the final furlong.
Tenebrism, bidding to supplement her Group One victory in the Prix Jean Prat three weeks ago and in receipt of 7lb from Saffron Beach, did her best to make a race of it, but Chapple-Hyam’s charge found more once challenged and won going away at the finish.
“She’s very brave, very tenacious and is probably better here than she was at Royal Ascot. They came to challenge her and she found another gear, which was nice to see,” Chapple-Hyam told Sky Sports Racing.
“We’re very pleased because we were giving the three-year-olds 7lb, they came to challenge and she went on with it, so it’s good.”
Paddy Power cut Saffron Beach to 8-1 from 10-1 for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf and Chapple-Hyam confirmed a trip to Keeneland was on the agenda.
“She’s in the Matron at Leopardstown and the Sun Chariot at Newmarket and then, hopefully, if that all goes well, the Breeders’ Cup,” the Newmarket handler added.
“We saw that she travelled well to Dubai and she travelled well over here, so with those concerns we feel we’ve ticked the box.
“I’m very grateful to the owners for allowing me to train her. It’s a good team effort from everyone back at Abingdon Place.”
A return to Deauville for the Prix Morny is likely to be next on the agenda for The Antarctic after claiming Group Three honours in the Darley Prix de Cabourg.
Runner-up to stablemate Blackbeard in the Prix Robert Papin at Chantilly little over a fortnight ago, Aidan O’Brien’s colt was the 6-4 favourite to go one better in the hands of Ryan Moore.
After travelling strongly for much of the six-furlong contest, The Antarctic quickly stamped his authority on the race and passed the post with a length in hand over Amy Murphy’s Manhattan Jungle.
“We were very happy. He’s progressed with every run and gone very professional,” O’Brien told Sky Sports Racing.
“He had a lovely run here (in France) the last day and he’s really going the right way.
“Ryan says the trip is not a problem for him now – five, six or seven (furlongs) – as he relaxes very well and quickens very well. He’s a great specimen with a great physique and he has a great mind.
“That was kind of the reason for coming here today – that he could be horse for the Prix Morny. That’s what we’re thinking at the moment.”
The first Group Three of the afternoon, the Prix de Psyche, also went to Ireland courtesy of Jessica Harrington’s Trevaunance.
A previous winner at Cork and Limerick in the Moyglare Stud Farm colours, the daughter of Muhaarar was last seen finishing fifth of six runners in the Group Three Meld Stakes at Leopardstown.
On the face of it Trevaunance had plenty on her plate in France, and was priced up accordingly at 12-1, but Shane Foley’s mount dug deep to repel the late thrust of Andre Fabre’s Mqse De Sevigne.
Charlie Appleby’s 13-8 favourite Life Of Dreams was only third under William Buick.
Kate Harrington, assistant to her mother, said: “We were a little bit disappointed at Leopardstown, but I think it was a baptism of fire for her. She learnt an awful lot that day against the older colts.
“Back into her own gender today and own age group, she was really professional and did it really nicely. It’s very important, of course, as she’s a homebred of Moyglare’s.
“I’d say that’s her minimum trip and in trip time we’ll step her up. She’s a big girl and whatever she does this year is going to be a bonus.”
Bargain-buy Sydneyarms Chelsea secured Group Three honours for Charlie Hills in the Prix Six Perfections.
Snapped up for just £9,000 as a yearling on behalf of the Chelsea Thoroughbreds syndicate that own her, the daughter of Sioux Nation got off to a flying start when making a winning debut at Newbury in May to earn herself a ticket to Royal Ascot.
Sydneyarms Chelsea, named after a London pub, finished a creditable fifth to Meditate and Mawj in a strong renewal of the Albany Stakes before placing fourth in a Deauville Listed contest just over three weeks ago.
With Ryan Moore in the saddle, the British raider was a 6-1 shot for the Sky Sports Racing-sponsored event on her return to Normandy and was ultimately good value for the winning margin of three-quarters of a length over Terrestrial.
Ipanema Princess ran a creditable race in third for Newmarket-based trainer Amy Murphy.
Former Channel 4 Racing presenter Emma Spencer, who is managing director and racing manager of the Chelsea Thoroughbreds syndicates, was understandably thrilled with the performance of the winner.
“She did it really well. She jumped well and settled into a lovely position and quickened up nicely,” said Spencer.
“She was unlucky last time. Everything went wrong that could have gone wrong, so it wasn’t unexpected what she’s done today.
“She’s a lovely, big filly that Charlie has been really excited about ever since he got her.”
Sydneyarms Chelsea holds entries in the Debutante Stakes and the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh, while she also has the option of returning to Deauville later in the month.
Spencer added: “Charlie is in America at the moment and I haven’t spoken to him, but I believe he has given her an entry for the Prix du Calvados on August 20.
“She only cost £9,000 and it’s really exciting. It’s nice she’s got some winning black type and we can step her up now.
“I’d say there might be a celebration in The Sydney Arms tonight! This syndicate is done slightly differently as while it is run by Chelsea Thoroughbreds, it has a lower price point and it’s great to get people in and around the pub involved.
“For some of them this is their first experience of owning a horse, so it looks easy!
“The Sydney Arms is where we use as our base for things like Royal Ascot previews and Cheltenham previews and quite a lot of racing people go there.”
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