A Prix Saint-Alary of the highest calibre

13 May 2023

Jannah Rose heads a ten runners field in the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary

The dust having settled after the surprise forfeit of Pensée Du Jour, there still remains a field of high-class fillies lining up for Sunday’s 2000m Group 1. For a long time, Carlos Laffon-Parias hesitated between the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and this contest but ultimately chose the longer alternative for Jannah Rose. Successful in her only start at two before leaving no doubt about her potential when winning the Gr.3 Prix Vanteaux at the beginning of April, this Frankel filly has everything it takes to win at the highest level.

Stablemate Left Sea, by the same sire and out of 2016 Prix Vermeille winner, Left Hand, won with ease on her return to competition last month and demonstrated that last year’s physical issues are no more than a distant memory.

Runner-up to Jannah Rose on her seasonal bow, Sea The Lady is well-regarded by her handler, Yann Barberot and while she is sure to have come on for the run, it remains to be seen whether she has improved enough to turn the tables.

Trained in the provinces by Philippe Sogorb and entrusted to young Spanish jockey, Alejandro Guterriez-ValCracksmania ran out a convincing winner of a Toulouse Listed three weeks ago after a somewhat lacklustre run at Saint-Cloud, and according to her handler will not be in the slightest bit bothered by the heavy ground.

Although disappointing in the Prix de la Grotte, the Peter Savill-owned Autumn Starlight is reportedly in fine shape and trainer Stéphane Wattel believes she will be better suited to 2000m.

Two horses were supplemented; Crown Princesse, winner of the Gr.3 Prix Cléopâtre, and her unlucky runner-up, Elusive Princess, 50% of which was recently purchased by the American LNJ Foxwoods in whose colours she will race on Sunday.

The overseas mission will be led by English fillies Heartache Tonight and Bridestones, and the Irish-trained Ballydoyle offering, Boogie Woogie.


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