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Deauville Races: Betting Preview, racecard and tips for Sunday’s Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois

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THERE is Group 1 action at Deauville on Sunday afternoon in the shape of the Prix Jacques le Marois.

A field of seven top-class milers are set to go to post for the €600,000 race. Our man Jack Keene takes a closer look.

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Key contenders

The market is headed by John Gosden’s unbeaten star Palace Pier, who made it 4-4 with an impressive success in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He’d always looked an exciting type, but that was a huge step up on anything he had achieved previously and he is clearly a top-class colt.

The leading contender for the home contingent is Persian King, who has bounced back to something like his best the last twice.

He suffered a shock defeat first-time out in June, but he has since bagged a couple of big prizes, including the Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan last time.

Circus Maximus has been an absolute star for the Aidan O’Brien team and he went down all guns blazing at Goodwood in the Sussex Stakes.

He had won the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot the time before that and is a rock-solid performer at this level.

Coronation Stakes heroine Alpine Star was narrowly denied in the Prix de Diane last time and drops back to 1m now.

Classic winner Romanised was a decisive winner of the Group 2 Minstrel Stakes on his return to action at the Curragh 29 days ago.

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Big-race tactics

The obvious pace-angle is the consistent Circus Maximus, who very nearly made all to win a red-hot renewal of the Sussex last month.

He was up with the pace throughout when winning the Queen Anne and he will likely go forward again here under Christophe Soumillon.

But he mightn’t get his own way up front; Persian King made all to win a Group 2 earlier this summer and outsider Pretreville has also led from pillar-to-post in Group company.

They should at least go a good, even gallop which may suit those who like to close from off the pace.

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Verdict

What a fascinating race in store. Persian King looked absolutely top-drawer earlier in his career, but there is a suspicion he hasn’t been able to scale the heights once expected of him.

He bagged a Group 1 last time out, but it perhaps wasn’t the deepest race and he only beat the seven-year-old Stormy Antarctic by a couple of lengths into second. This is a much deeper contest.

Circus Maximus is as tough as old boots and he lost absolutely nothing in defeat when a fine second to Mohaather at Glorious Goodwood.

If he gets a freebie up top he could be very dangerous, but there are a few in here who like to race prominently so he could find himself under pressure on the lead.

That may set things up for those who like to attack from off the pace, including Palace Pier, who was hugely impressive when beating subsequent Group 1 winner Pinatubo in the St James’s Palace at Royal Ascot.

Prix Jacques le Marois tip

2.50 Deauville – Alpine Star 1pt win @ 6-1

By taking the ride, Frankie Dettori will miss the entire York Ebor Festival – perhaps that tells you everything you need to know about the esteem in which he is held.

He’s the one to beat but isn’t my kind of price and, in any case, he is facing a formidable filly in the form of ALPINE STAR.

She absolutely bolted up in the Coronation Stakes and was only just denied by Fancy Blue in the French Oaks over the extended 1m2f at Chantilly last time out.

That rival has since followed up in the Nassau Stakes and this filly, whose half-sister Alpha Centauri won this race two years ago, will relish the drop back to 1m.

She will be fine if the ground comes up on the soft side (which looks likely) and she gets weight all round.

Don’t underestimate Romanised either. He impressed on his comeback and looks to have been trained for this, for all he would prefer the ground to dry out.

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Premier League clubs ‘expected’ to help bail out smaller clubs as fans banned from stadiums until next year

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MINISTERS “expect” Premier League clubs to help smaller clubs after fans were banned from stadiums until next year.

Boris Johnson has scuppered plans to get supporters back on the terraces next month.

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Now the Government has asked the wealthier outfits to step in while it negotiates a wider bailout to the sports industry.

Clubs in the lower ­leagues face a turbulent financial future as, unlike Premier League giants, they rely on ticket sales.

Under the PM’s new Covid plans, pilots allowing 1,000 fans into EFL matches are ditched.

Sports bodies want the Government to support the industry as it did with the arts, which was given access to a £1.57billion package.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is said to be ­trying to “identify ways we can support sport”.

Today the Premier League said they were “disappointed” fans would not be allowed in next month and said stadiums were safer than many other public spaces.

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RICH Premier League clubs should bail out lower league outfits facing Covid oblivion.

They are not just the lifeblood of their communities. They and their players are, in part, the lifeblood of the Prem too.

Some have rich owners, who must dig deep now that they are facing a season without fans. But many teams don’t. 

It would be a calamity to let them fail through no fault of their own.

A few, admittedly, are badly run — and the Prem would need strict guarantees on how a £200million donation would be spent by the 72 EFL clubs. 

Some people will say the Government should step in. But it cannot bail out every industry. That way lies ruin. In football’s case there’s another solution.

It’s right for wealthy Prem giants to fund a rescue. It’s in the national interest and their own too.

In a statement they said: “Football is not the same without attending fans and the football economy is unsustainable without them.

“Last season, Premier League clubs suffered £700m in losses and at present, our national game is losing more than £100m per month.

“This is starting to have a devastating impact on clubs and their communities.”

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Micah Richards nearly MISSED Monday Night Football after getting locked in his dressing room!

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Micah Richards has admitted that he almost missed the start of Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football coverage after he found himself trapped inside his own dressing room for an hour and a half.

Behind the scenes footage hilariously showed an exasperated and very relieved Richards race into the studio as co-hosts David Jones and Jamie Carragher laughed at the former defender, just minutes before the trio were set to go live on Sky Sports.

Richards has revealed that it was the on-set staff who helped him reach his chair just in the nick of time, allowing him to analyse Manchester City‘s clash with Wolves at the Etihad in its entirety.

Micah Richards (R) has revealed how he nearly missed presenting Sky's Monday Night Football

Micah Richards (R) has revealed how he nearly missed presenting Sky's Monday Night Football

Micah Richards (R) has revealed how he nearly missed presenting Sky’s Monday Night Football

A day after his close shave, Richards tweeted: ‘Loved being on Sky Sports last night, but managed to get myself locked in the changing room for 90 mins before the show! 

‘Thanks to the staff for getting me out with 2 mins to spare – you’d never have known! @Carra23 & @DavidJonesSky were bricking doing the show without me.’

After managing to compose himself for the show, Sportsmail’s newest columnist went on to deliver an impassioned defence of his career and fellow pundit Alex Scott, following criticisms on social media.

Richards makes a mad dash for the studio set after being locked in his dressing room

Richards makes a mad dash for the studio set after being locked in his dressing room

Richards makes a mad dash for the studio set after being locked in his dressing room

The footballer-turned-pundit reveals that he was locked in his changing room for 90 minutes

The footballer-turned-pundit reveals that he was locked in his changing room for 90 minutes

The footballer-turned-pundit reveals that he was locked in his changing room for 90 minutes

Sportsmail's newest columnist made it to the set just minutes before the live broadcast

Sportsmail's newest columnist made it to the set just minutes before the live broadcast

Sportsmail’s newest columnist made it to the set just minutes before the live broadcast

In the last year, Richards has developed into one of Sky‘s most used and highly-respected analysts and has made a career for himself in journalism after retiring from professional football at the highest level. 

While his comments on both football and the Black Lives Matter movement have been heavily praised, Richards said on Monday night that he believes he is unfairly targeted online, as is Scott.

He went on to dismiss claims he was only hired because of the BLM movement and said he was hired on the merit of his hard work up until that point. 

Richards went on to deliver an impassioned defence of his career and fellow pundit Alex Scott

Richards went on to deliver an impassioned defence of his career and fellow pundit Alex Scott

Richards went on to deliver an impassioned defence of his career and fellow pundit Alex Scott

Richards also leapt to the defence of former England international Scott, who has herself been a victim of social media abuse in recent months after rising to prominence as a pundit.

Scott, the ex-Arsenal footballer and TV presenter aged 35, has been at the centre of much discussion – and relentless online trolling – amid rumours she’s set to become the new host of BBC’s A Question Of Sport, replacing Sue Barker, who was axed after 24 years.

But Richards described Scott as ‘absolutely incredible’ and ‘one of the best’ pundits he’s worked with.

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Frank Lampard challenges Callum Hudson-Odoi to ‘flourish again’ with starting berth against Barnsley

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Callum Hudson-Odoi will start Chelsea‘s Carabao Cup clash against Barnsley with Frank Lampard‘s challenge to ‘flourish again’ ringing in his ears.

Blues boss Lampard has confirmed that England wing Hudson-Odoi will make just his second start since February 1 in Wednesday night’s League Cup clash at Stamford Bridge.

The 19-year-old has shot to prominence with both Chelsea and England since making his Blues debut in 2017, but a torn Achilles in March 2019 dented his progress. 

Callum Hudson-Odoi will start Chelsea 's Carabao Cup clash against Barnsley

Callum Hudson-Odoi will start Chelsea 's Carabao Cup clash against Barnsley

Callum Hudson-Odoi will start Chelsea ‘s Carabao Cup clash against Barnsley

Frank Lampard has challenged the English winger to 'flourish again' for Chelsea

Frank Lampard has challenged the English winger to 'flourish again' for Chelsea

Frank Lampard has challenged the English winger to ‘flourish again’ for Chelsea 

Hudson-Odoi has long since shaken off that issue but continues to battle for regular football, with manager Lampard now accepting it ‘remains to be seen’ whether he could be loaned out before the October transfer window.

‘We know in a Premier League squad and the number of games we’re going to play, we need competition in those areas, back-ups in those areas and players competing to make that position their own,’ said Lampard.

‘That’s where Callum is at and that’s why I keep saying he needs to train, he needs to show in training every day and when he gets his opportunity in games, which he will have tomorrow because he will play against Barnsley.

‘At the moment we have Christian Pulisic injured, Hakim Ziyech injured. We played Timo Werner out wide against Liverpool. 

Lampard accepts that it 'remains to be seen' whether Hudson-Odoi could be loaned out

Lampard accepts that it 'remains to be seen' whether Hudson-Odoi could be loaned out

Lampard accepts that it ‘remains to be seen’ whether Hudson-Odoi could be loaned out

‘But the absolute natural winger who is fit at the minute is Callum. He has to show in every minute, on and off the ball, what he can do for the team and that’s the position Callum is in at the minute.

‘He’s had an early breakthrough in his career because of his talent, he’s had an injury and now I want to see him flourish again.’

Chelsea paid for Barnsley’s Covid-19 tests ahead Wednesday’s clash in west London, with Blues bosses not anticipating any issues with the fixture.

Bayern Munich have failed in the past with a concerted effort to prise Hudson-Odoi away from Chelsea, and the Bavarians are rumoured to retain their interest in one of England’s top young talents.

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