Fabre’s Kitesurf clinches Prix Vermeille
16 September 2018
A field of eight went to post on Sunday for the return of the Prix Vermeille to its rightful home of ParisLongchamp after two years at Chantilly. The André Fabre-trained Kitesurf was unsurprisingly sent off favourite following her Prix de Pomone romp at Deauville last month, and duly confirmed, but not before giving connections a moment of concern.
Back-marker for much of race race led by Bye Bye Baby, pacesetter for Ballydoyle’s principal hope, Magic Wand, Kitesurf was some lengths off the pace turning for home. Two furlongs out, Wayne Lordan brought Magic Wand to the front on the inside just as Mickaël Barzalona’s filly was putting in a big run down the centre of the track. With just 100m left to run Aidan O’Brien’s filly looked good enough to win but Kitesurf put on a display of blistering speed and denied her by just a head. The blue-blooded Zarkamiya fought well to run third but was still 2½ farther back. Lone cross-Channel raider, and second-favourite, Worth Waiting, finished fourth, another three lengths away.
Picture: Kitesurf finds enough to win the Vermeille
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