08/22/2002 11:00PM

British and French trios vie in Morny


It will be the Battle of Agincourt all over again at Deauville on Sunday when three British-trained colts challenge three French-trained fillies in the six-furlong Group 1 Prix Morny.

But unlike in the medieval battle depicted by Shakespeare in Henry V, the French should emerge victorious this time, as Loving Kindness should show the British invaders no such thing. A 2-year-old daughter of Seattle Slew out of 1993 Morny winner Coup de Genie, Loving Kindness is coming off a resounding four-length course-and-distance thrashing of colts in the Group 3 Prix de Cabourg on Aug. 3.

Trained by Pascal Bary for the Niarchos Family, she will be ridden by Thierry Thulliez, who on Friday rode Six Perfections to victory for the same connections in the Group 3 Prix du Calvados.

Group 3 Prix du Bois winner Ela Merici and narrow Group 2 Prix Robert Papin runner-up Zinziberine complete the French defense that must ward off Elusive City, the Gerard Butler-trained winner of the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at Goodwood. His allies will be recent maiden winners Al Turf and Zafeen.

o The 1 3/4 miles of the Prix Maurice de Nieuil was a little too far for Polish Summer last time. But the 5-year-old, trained by Andre Fabre, can give Juddmonte another big-race victory in the 1 9/16-mile Group 2 Grand Prix de Deauville at the expense of Prix Jean de Chaudenay winner Califet.