Fabre fields Romanciere in search of Prix Lyphard prize

Deauville race offers automatic qualification for the Easter Classic at Lingfield.

  • Tuesday 24 November
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A place on All-Weather Championships Finals Day is up for grabs in the Listed Prix Lyphard at Deauville on Wednesday.

The nine-and-a-half-furlong contest is the first of three Fast-Track Qualifiers staged in France, with the winner guaranteed a start in the feature Betway Easter Classic at Lingfield on Good Friday, April 2.

A maximum field of 14 includes the Andre Fabre-trained Romanciere, who has made the frame in each of her five starts so far this year, most notably when third behind James Fanshawe’s Breeders’ Cup heroine Audarya in the Group One Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville in August.

Villa Rosa also brings a good level of form, having gone down narrowly when bidding for back-to-back victories in the Group Three La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte at ParisLongchamp in September.

She was last seen finishing fifth in the Prix Fille de l’Air at Toulouse on November 11.

Trainer Henri-Francois Devin said: “We are running Villa Rosa twice in a short period of time, but she took her race at Toulouse very well.

“We felt she did not lengthen as well at Toulouse as she had done at Longchamp when she was second in the Group Three.

“There is a slight question over the 1900-metre distance on Wednesday, as her best form is over further, but we know she likes the surface (Polytrack) after her run at Chantilly (finished third) at the start of the year.

“If she runs well here, she will then most likely go for a 12-furlong Listed race on December 17 or 19.”

There are two British raiders in Ivan Furtado’s Teston and Winter Reprise from David Menuisier’s yard.

Other hopefuls include German challenger Aviateur and Cagnes-sur-Mer Listed winner Harmless.

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