MARIANAFOOT WON THE PRIX MAURICE DE GHEEST

Marianafoot continued his remarkable progression up the ranks and extended his winning sequence to seven when scorching to victory in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville. The six-year-old powered clear of his rivals to provide France with a Group 1 win on home soil and a third career top-level success for burgeoning trainer Jerome Reynier.

Rank outsider Tropbeau snatched second place on the line from July Cup hero Starman, while favourite Campanelle was bitterly disappointing having nearly unseated Frankie Dettori when coming out of the stalls.

The incident saw Dettori bang his head on the Wesley Ward-trained three-year-old, who finished eased down towards the rear of the field; while the Ralph Beckett-trained Kinross and veteran Brando were the only other foreign challengers to emerge with credit from the contest.

Marianafoot’s maiden Group 1 success topped off a rise through the ranks that began at the seaside track in a conditions race last December; which also saw him plunder a Listed race and a pair of Group 3s at Longchamp on his two previous starts.

A delighted Reynier said:

 “The plan really worked beautifully. Over this distance we wanted to attack in the final 100 metres because we know he stays further and some of the others are pure sprinters.”

Marianafoot’s maiden Group 1 success topped off a rise through the ranks that began at the seaside track in a conditions race last December; which also saw him plunder a Listed race and a pair of Group 3s at Longchamp on his two previous starts.

The son of Footstepsinthesand also finished second in a valuable local Group 2 over a mile in Qatar in February 2020, and he could be in line to step back up to that trip and a quick turnaround in the Prix Jacques le Marois next Sunday.

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