Juddmonte Farms


The son of KINGMAN ran to a comfortable victory in the Prix Jacques Le Marois Gr.1 on Sunday (16th August) despite testing conditions at Deauville.

Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 17th August 2020

Heavy ground must have played against TDN Rising Star Palace Pier in Sunday's Prix Jacques Le Marois Gr.1, but such is the prowess of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum's unbeaten colossus that he duly overcame with a cosy success in one of the best renewals of Deauville's feature in recent times.

Settled last early by an ever-confident Frankie Dettori, the 13-10 favourite moved past Alpine Star and to the lead with 300 metres remaining. Pushed out from there he hit the line being eased down with a three-quarter of a length margin to spare. Circus Maximus gave the form genuine substance, five lengths adrift in third.

"He's a true champion and that was a great performance," jockey Frankie Dettori said. "He handled the ground well, but he'd be better on good or faster and I would rate him very high among all the best milers I have ridden. Maybe the best is yet to come, as he could be a horse for next season."

John Gosden said of Palace Pier: "I think it was pretty clear watching the race that he wasn't enjoying the ground. I saw Frankie moving his hands and he was still fully 600 metres from home, but the horse showed a lot of guts and a lot of class. His main target will be the Queen Elizabeth II [Gr.1] on Champions Day at Ascot. Everything will revolve around that, although most importantly everything depends on how the horse feels once we get him back home."

Date: 17 August 2020