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Pouliches to be run on Saturday in move to create Classic weekend

La Cressonniere lands the 2016 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, which next year will be run on Saturday May 13
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French racing’s rulers have unveiled a number of changes to next year’s calendar, including the movement of more Group races away from midweek and the creation of a pair of two-day Classic meetings at weekends.

The French Guineas will now be staged across the weekend of May 13-14, with the fillies’ Poule d’Essai des Pouliches on the Saturday and the colts’ Poule d’Essai des Poulains retaining its traditional Sunday slot.

Arqana’s breeze-up sale will remain in Deauville for a second year and is now scheduled for Friday, May 12.

The Prix de Diane Longines meeting at Chantilly has also been given a two-day makeover, with the Classic staged on Sunday, June 19 and a supporting card featuring two Group races run 24 hours earlier on Saturday, June 18, the final day of Royal Ascot

The expanded Chantilly fixture will host the Group 2 Prix Hocquart, which moves from its traditional role as a Prix du Jockey Club trial in May and now forms part of a revamped programme designed for horses being aimed at France’s premier mile and a half race for three-year-olds, the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris.

Several races, traditionally run at Longchamp, that were temporarily moved to midweek slots in 2016 have been returned to Sunday, notably the Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan, which will be staged at Chantilly on May 28.  

The French Guineas will now be staged across the weekend of May 13 and 14, with the fillies' Poule d'Essai des Pouliches on the Saturday and the colts' Poule d'Essai des Poulains retaining its traditional Sunday slot

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