1.50 Deauville, Debutantes, ‘ 25,000, 3yo, c/g, 7 1/2f (AWT)
QASSEM (IRE) (Lope de Vega Ire) sports the Al Shaqab silks for the Andre Fabre stable, having cost ‘ 300,000 at Arqana August. The full-brother to last year s G3 Prix Djebel winner Ride Like the Wind (Ire) is met by another of the operation s newcomers in Zelzal (Fr) (Sea the Stars Ire), a ‘ 180,000 AROCT descendant of Crystal Spray (GB) who is in the charge of Jean-Claude Rouget.
2.20 Deauville, Debutantes, ‘ 25,000, 3yo, f, 7 1/2f (AWT)
WAR FLAG (War Front1) starts out belatedly for Joseph Allen and Jean-Claude Rouget, having missed her intended debut at Cagnes-sur-Mer in January. She is a full-sister to the 2013 G2 UAE Derby and 2015 G1 Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup hero Lines of Battle, as well as being a half to the 2006 G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere runner-up Battle Paint (Tale of the Cat), the 2009 G2 Prix de Sandringham winner Homebound (Dixie Union) and the graded-stakes placegetter Blue Exit (Pulpit).