The Aguado Hurdle Race (Gr3), Questarabad Hurdle Race (Gr3) and Haras d’Etreham Sagan Hurdle Race (Gr3) are the side championships sharing the billboard on Sunday at Auteuil alongside the Drags Chase (Gr2) and the La Barka Hurdle Race (Gr2).
The Aguado Hurdle Race gathers the best 3-year-old hurdlers. It is the last test before the Auteuil Summer break leading to the fall season and the 3-year-old main championship, the Cambacérès Hurdle race (Gr1). Once again, needless to say, that Charentes trainer Guillaume Macaire holds the key to that matter. He trains three of the 8 runners and won the race three times in the last 8 years. He saddled Esmondo to win both this and the Cambaceres in 2011. His stablemate Tunis won the Aguado in 2017 and finished second in November.
Arnaud Chaillé-Chaillé, Macaire’s neighbour at the Palmyre training centre near the sea resort Royan, saddled the 3rd placed Beaumec de Houelle, now at stud, in this. He went on to seize the Cambacérès. Chaillé also won both races in 2014 with the very gifted Bonito du Berlais in 2014 and saddles Nirvana du Berlais (Martaline).
Sponsored by Haras d’Étreham, the Prix Sagan Hurdle race is, like the Aguado, a race for 3-year-old, bu for fillies only. On top of the trophies to the connections of the winner, Haras d’Etreham will offer a free nomination to the in-fashion sire Masked Marvel to the winning owner.
This will be another game between Aterisk (No Risk At All) and Invincible Dina (Doctor Dino), who beat her at their last encounter …
The Questarabad Hurdle race is open to 4-year-olds. it comes after the Prix Alain du Breil Hurdle Race (Gr1) won three weeks ago by Feu Follet, out this time. His second Polirico(Cokoriko) could seize the day in a very open generation.
Three meetings at Auteuil remain before the Summer break on June 14, 20 and 25.