Lucayan (9) was the winner of the Poule d'Essai des Poulains last yearPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Prize-money boost for under-fire Poulains
France: French Racing's governing body has reacted swiftly to the news that the European Pattern Committee is monitoring the Group 1 status of the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2,000 Guineas) by announcing an immediate €100,000 boost in prize-money.
France Galop has confirmed that the 2013 edition of the Classic, due to be run at Longchamp on May 12, will be worth €550,000 (approximately £466,000).
The move raises the prize-money for the Poulains above that of both the Qipco 2,000 Guineas and the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas.
Qipco's continued support of the Newmarket Classic will ensure that this year's 2,000 Guineas is worth £400,000, an increase of £50,000, while the prize fund at the Curragh is €300,000
The European Pattern Committee has expressed its concern the end-of-year ratings for the placed horses in the two most recent editions of the Poulains have not justified Group 1 status, although its report made clear the race was not in danger of an automatic downgrade.