Fabre rules Esoterique out of Marois due to ground

Esoterique beats Integral in the Dahlia Stakes

Esoterique (blue): will not contest the Prix Jacques le Marois

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

KINGMAN’S opposition in the Prix Jacques le Marois on Sunday has been further reduced with the withdrawal of Prix Rothschild winner Esoterique.

John Gosden is keeping a very close eye on conditions at Deauville, as heavy rainfall on Thursday has left the ground on the soft side.

While Kingman’s participation could be a late call, Andre Fabre is unhappy with the state of the ground, an opinion which has also led him to decide against running Al Shaqab’s €5 million filly Al Naamah later in the meeting.

Esoterique won’t run tomorrow because the ground is too rough,” Fabre told the Racing Post on Saturday morning. “She will go for the Prix du Moulin [on September 14] and then she might go to Newmarket for the Sun Chariot after that.”

The Deauville track is soft to very soft after a dry night but Fabre is taking no chances with Al Naamah, who made a striking impression on her debut at Chantilly and who was due to contest the Prix du Calvados next Saturday. The filly is general 16-1 second favourite for next season’s 1,000 Guineas following an impressive debut at Chantilly.

“She won’t be running at Deauville either as I am not happy with the state of the ground,” said Fabre. “She will run in the Prix d’Aumale instead.”

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