The Deuville Racecourse is the host of the annual Prix Jacques Le Marois race for thoroughbred horses that are three years of age, or older. It is open to both fillies and colts, and is a Group 1 event that was established in 1921, run over a 1 600 meter distance. The race was named in honor of the former Societe des Courses de Deauville president, Jacques Le Marois. The race is a popular event for owners and trainers from all over the world, and Goldikova has her sights set on this event, to find her second victory here, which eluded her last year.
The Prix Rothschild was held at the Deauville Racecourse approximately two weeks ago, and Goldikova won this Group 1 event convincingly, bring her number of Group 1 victories to 14. Her team is now seeking to increase this number to fifteen. The purse for the Prix Jacques le Marois is an estimated $850 000, and Goldikova is most definitely one of the favorites for this racing event. In 2010, she lost the race to Makfi, but she recovered quickly from her misfortune, and went on to win the Breeders Cup Mile which is hosted at Churchill Downs, as well as the Prix de la Foret, run at Longchamp Racecourse. There will be twelve horses in the field for the Prix Jacques le Marois. Goldikova will be up against the likes of Cityscape, Mutual Trust, Tin Horse, Planteur, Immortal Verse, Dick Turpin, Flash Dance, Worthadd, Royal Bench, Sahpresa, Verdict and Polemique.
Goldikova, however, is not the only horse that stands a very good chance to win, as she has formidable competitors in her field, and Immortal Verse is one of them. Immortal Verse enjoyed a great victory at the Royal Ascot, after which she was given a good chance to rest. Many also believe the French 2000 Guineas winner, Tin Horse, can also pose a threat to Goldikova’s campaign to take the title, and with Planteur (winner of the Prix Ganay) and Mutual Trust (winner of the Prix Jean Prat) being in the field, Goldikova will be facing fierce competition. All involved in her campaign believe that she will be able to dig deep and secure another victory at the 2011 Prix Jacques le Marois.