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2021 Prix Jacques le Marois Tips - Can Palace Pier defend his Deauville crown?

  • We've published our guide to the 2021 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois
  • This historic Group One takes place at Deauville racecourse on Sunday 15th August
  • Palace Pier heads Poetic Flare and Alpine Star in the current betting
  • Poetic Flare is our best bet at 7/2
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Palace Pier will try to become just the third back-to-back winning of the Prix Jacques le Marois on Sunday. (Getty)

Flat racing fans are in for a real treat on Sunday, as many of the best milers in the sport will lock horns in the 2021 Prix Jacques le Marois. This Group One was first run at Deauville in 1921, and has been won by greats like Dubawi, Goldikova and Kingman.

We've taken a look through the betting for Sunday's main event and picked out our best French racing tips.
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2021 Prix Jacques le Marois Odds

Palace Pier4/5
Poetic Flare7/2
Alpine Star13/2
Victor Ludorum10/1

*Odds taken on 14/8/21*

2021 Prix Jacques le Marois Runners

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Palace Pier will bid to become just the third two-time winner of the Jacques le Marois when he returns to Deauville on Sunday. John Gosden's star comfortably held off Alpine Star to win this 12 months ago, and Frankie Dettori's mount will be looking for his fourth win on the bounce, having landed the bet365 Mile, Lockinge Stakes and the Queen Anne already this term.

For the first time, Palace Pier has a younger rival to contend with, as Jim Bolger has confirmed Poetic Flare in the field. Bolger's stable star has been busy this season, winning the 2000 Guineas and the St James's Palace Stakes, while also running well in the French and Irish Guineas, and the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.

Since finishing second here last season, Alpine Star has also been the runner-up in the Prix de l'Opera and the Lyric Stakes on her reappearance. Jessica Harrington will have been disappointed to see her filly lose at York last month, but she's sure to come on from that reappearance and there was less than a length between Alpine Star and Palace Pier when they met here last season.

British trainers have saddled six of the last nine winners of this Group One, so any runners coming over from Britain and Ireland have to be respected. Order Of Australia will represent Aidan O'Brien, who landed his only Jacques le Marois with Excelebration in 2012, but he's yet to really build on that shock Breeders' Cup victory.

Richard Hannon will also throw his top three-year-old, Chindit into the mix. Winner of the Greenham Stakes on his reappearance, Chindit has gone on to finish fifth behind Poetic Flare in both the Guineas and at Royal Ascot, so he has a good five lengths to find on the second-favourite.

Andre Fabre needs one more victory to become the outright winning-most trainer in this contest, and he's entered two of his stable stars. Victor Ludorum ended a run of five straight defeats by winning the Prix Messidor last time out, while fellow Godolphin flag-bearer Midtown has an encouraging third in the Prix Jean Prat to build from.

Carlos Laffon-Parias' Ecrivain rounds off the field. He too brings winning form with him to Deauvile, having won a Group Three at Chantilly back in June, but he's yet to finish better than fourth when pitched into Group One company.

2021 Prix Jacques le Marois Tips

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Palace Pier has been freshened up for the defence of his Deauville crown, and the bookies have Frankie Dettori's mount as the firm favourite. Yet, on ratings, there are just three-pounds separating Palace Pier and POETIC FLARE, so with a six-pound allowance on his side, Jim Bolger's three-year-old looks to be the one to beat.

Poetic Flare shocked the world by winning the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, and has gone on to prove that Classic win was no fluke since. 

Kevin Manning's mount produced one of the stand-out performances of the season when demolishing the other colts in the St James's Palace Stakes, and was far from disgraced behind Alcohol Free in the Sussex Stakes, especially when you consider how keen he was early on and he didn't seem to handle the track all that well.

All of Poetic Flare's defeats have come on soft ground. He's unbeaten when "good" has featured in the going description. Bolger's star is guaranteed good ground at Deauville on Sunday and that three-year-old allowance could make all the difference.


Palace Pier is a fearsome foe, but I'm backing Poetic Flare to continue his fantastic seasonal form. 7/2 looks a lovely price.

2021 Prix Jacques le Marois Tips: Poetic Flare Straight Win @350.00 at BetMGM - 15 Units

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