Tour To Paris Features In Listed FTQ At Deauville

Fast Track Qualifiers

22 November 2021

Deauville stages the first of two Fast-Track Qualifiers in France during this season’s All-Weather Championships on Tuesday, November 23.

Run over nine and a half furlongs, the Listed Prix Lyphard (3.45pm UK time) offers the winner a guaranteed start in the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic at Newcastle on Finals Day. 

Tour To Paris is a fascinating contender for Pia & Joakim Brandtas he tackles middle distances for the first time. The six-year-old has high-class form over shorter, including an impressive victory in the five-furlong G2 Prix du Gros-Chene on turf at Deauville last year.

Trainer Henri-Francois Devin saddles lightly raced three-year-old Integrant. The Frankel colt made a winning debut on the All-Weather at Chantilly in March and followed up with a conditions race victory on turf at Saint-Cloud in July.

Integrant has since contested three Stakes races, headed by a fourth behind Prix du Jockey Club fourth Saiydabad in the 10-furlong G3 Prix du Prince d'Orange at Longchamp in September.

That effort was sandwiched by two Listed runs on testing ground, with Integrant finishing eighth in the Grand Prix de Clairefontaine in August and fifth in the Prix Le Fabuleux at Chantilly on October 9.

Devin said: “Integrant is very well. He has acted well on the All-Weather before whereas the ground was just too soft for him last time at Chantilly.

“He won his first two races nicely and then things did not go his way at Clairefontaine. It was a race to forget really as the ground was quite soft and he travelled four-wide.

“I thought his run in the Prix du Prince d’Orange was very good, particularly as I didn’t think he was quite ready that day.

“He has had a light enough campaign and we are keen to see how he goes back on the Polytrack with a view to next year. 

“There are a lot of runners and that would be a question mark as he generally comes from behind, which can be hard to do in a big field at Deauville.”

The 14 runners also include Kenway, who makes his first start since joining Richard Chotard. Kenway was a multiple Stakes race winner for previous handler Frederic Rossi, with his most recent success coming in a Listed race at Longchamp in April.

Last year’s Prix Lyphard winner Sky Power lines up again for Gael Barbedette after a close third under top weight in a course and distance handicap on November 4.

Il Decamerone, Star Of Bengal and Irska all reoppose having filled the first three places in a Listed race at Bordeaux Le Bouscat in early October.

William Haggas is responsible for the sole British-trained raider in Tarroob. The four-year-old filly moves up in class after winning a pair of 10-furlong handicaps at Newcastle earlier this month. 

Godolphin runner Nash Nasha plundered a Listed race in Germany last month for Henri-Alex Pantall before finishing sixth in the G3 Prix de Flore at Saint-Cloud.

Trainer Gavin Hernon has two contenders in Red Hot and Lottie Marie. Charlesquint, who was a close fifth in this race last year for Yann Barberot, course and distance winner Angelissima and unexposed three-year-old Forest Of Wisdom complete the field.

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