Fev Rover completes Deauville mission with Group Two victory

Fahey’s filly prevails by a neck in Prix du Calvados.

  • Saturday 22 August
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Richard Fahey’s Fev Rover made her trip to Deauville a winning one as she put Group Two success on her career record in the Shadwell Prix du Calvados.

The filly’s owners Nick Bradley Racing decided against also sending her unbeaten contemporary Dandalla to Deauville for Sunday’s Group One Prix Morny – but the French expedition from her Yorkshire base has paid off instead for Fev Rover.

She was beaten into a narrow second by Karl Burke’s Dandalla in last month’s Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket, but had since won a Sandown Listed race up to this seven-furlong trip.

This time, Fev Rover justified her status as 6-5 favourite as she and Christophe Soumillon challenged late to get the better of game, front-running 19-1 shot Plainchant by a neck.

The winning jockey was happy afterwards to confirm a bid for the Group One Prix Marcel Boussac in October will be by no means fanciful.

He told Sky Sports Racing: “Richard gave me the instruction not to take the lead too early, because she can look around a bit.

“Fortunately, we didn’t go that fast. The (very soft) ground is very funny today, so she was a bit unbalanced (at one point), but when I started to get close she really kept going and was tough in the end.

“I’m sure on better ground, she’ll be even better, she can improve. She was the favourite, and she did what we expect of her.”

Asked about a possible return to France for the Marcel Boussac, he added: “I think the English horses this year, as in the last three or four, are much stronger than the French.

“So if she’s in good form, and nothing changes with Covid-19, for sure that will be a nice option for her.”

An even shorter-priced favourite Tawkeel earlier landed odds of 2-5 and extended her unbeaten career record to five in the Group Two Shadwell Prix de la Nonette.

She had to battle hard, though, for the a half-length verdict over Tickle Me Green.

Cristian Demuro had Tawkeel closest to the strong early pace set by British challenger Frankel’s Storm.

Jean-Claude Rouget’s filly, already a Group One winner at Chantilly in June, collared the leader into the straight but then had to dig deep to repel Tickle Me Green’s late challenge and score again in the colours of race sponsor Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum.

Rouget, who went on to complete a black-type double when Soumillon and Makaloun led throughout in the Listed Criterium du Fonds Europeen de l’Elevage, confirmed Tawkeel will head next for the Prix de l’Opera at ParisLongchamp in October.

“This ground wasn’t perfect for her, and maybe she was a bit short in condition to win very easily,” he said.

“She’s a very quiet filly, but she’s a fighter (on the track).

“She’s a marvellous filly, but I (just) hope the ground is not too soft for Arc weekend. I think she’s better on good ground.

“She’s a Group One winner, and we’ll try to make it two (in the Prix de l’Opera) – that’s the race (for her).”

German raider Thorin sprang a 12-1 surprise with a comfortable length-and-a-quarter victory in the Shadwell Prix Daphnis.

Andrasch Starke sat well off the pace set by Frankie Dettori on King’s Command, one of two Godolphin contenders for Charlie Appleby.

But the long-time leader was swamped into the straight, first by William Haggas’ eventual runner-up Tammani, before Thorin swept to the front and won without having to come under any serious pressure.

The son of top German sire Soldier Hollow was previously third at this same Group Three level at Dusseldorf this month.

Fev Rover completes Deauville mission with Group Two victory
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