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Kitesurf to keep Vermeille trophy in France

14 September 2018

Back at its traditional home of Longchamp after being exiled to Chantilly for two years, the Gr.1 Prix Vermeille is both a good Arc indicator and a prestigious distaff race in its own right. Seven three year-olds take on a trio of older horses in what looks set to be a very open renewal of the race.
The André Fabre-trained Kitesurf may well prove the horse to beat after showing her true colours in the Prix de Pomone at Deauville last month, winning by an authoritative 3½ lengths. She can nevertheless expect to encounter resistance from cross-Channel raider, Worth Waiting, who is unbeaten in her last four and most recently demolished a good Prix Minerve field, securing the race with three lengths to spare. The Aga Khan’s Zarkamiya was a valiant third that day but still has more to find at this level. 
Ballydoyle will be represented by a pair of sophomores with Ribblesdale S. winner, Magic Wand, looking a better prospect than Bye Bye Baby, even though the former had her measure in the Oaks at the beginning of June. After securing the hat-trick at Hoppegarten late spring, Well Timed then went on to secure the German Oaks early last month and although in better company here will still have her chances.
Picture: Kitesurf