Longchamp dimanche 7 septembre

Autres informations / 07.09.2008

Longchamp dimanche 7 septembre

 

 

PRIX

DU PIN

 

SPIRITO

DEL VENTO                               124

MARIOL                                                      117

GARNICA                                                    121

BATTLE PAINT                                          121?

PRINCE

FASLIYEV                                               115

BELLIFLORE                                              126

SALUT

L’AFRICAIN                                 118

CAPTAIN’S

LOVER                                              ?

ROYAL

GOD                                                          120

ALNADANA                                                           125

 

The

key to the race will be the ground, and then whether or not Belliflore is able

to reproduce the same level of form as she showed in the Group 1 Maurice de

Gheest over 1300 metres

in Deauville.

Belliflore has always been a useful performer and finished a close second to

Garnica in a Group 3 over this course and distance in May but in Deauville she stepped up

significantly finishing from the rear to take third place less than 4 lengths

behind Marchand d’Or. If she reproduces that form she will be hard to beat

here.

 

Alanadana

disappointed on soft ground at the beginning of the year but has returned to

her best on her last two starts finishing a close second in a slowly run Listed

over 1600 before beating Rainbow Crossing comfortably in a Listed over the same

trip at Maisons Laffitte. Alanadana has never run over less than 1600 metres and has

never run to her best on very soft ground. Spirito del Vento is a consistent

Group class performer who returns to Longchamp for the first time since putting

up one of the best performances of his career when winning the Group 2 Prix

Daniel Wildenstein here last October. Spirito del Vento has not run over less

than 1600 metres

since early last year when he was an easy winner of a conditions race over this

course and distance. Garnica won a Group 3 over 1400 metres here in May

but has disappointed in two Group races since and was well behind Belliflore in

the Maurice de Gheest.

 

Royal

God has run over 1600

metres on all four of his starts this season winning a

Listed in Toulouse in the spring and finishing second to Calming Influence on

soft ground in Deauville. Mariol has been running well this year and was a good

third in the Meautry in Deauville,

however, for the time being all of his best performances have come at shorter

trips. Battle Paint was a top juvenile when trained by Jean Claude Rouget and

made a winning reappearance for John Gosden after a long layoff before

disappointing in a Listed race run on firm ground. Salut l’Africaine returns to

his best trip after disappointing over both longer and shorter ones. Over this

trip he was an excellent second to African Rose in May and will have a good

chance if returning to his best. Captain’s Lover is a Group 1 winner in South Africa

and makes his first northern hemisphere start here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRIX

DU MOULIN DE LONGCHAMP

 

SAGEBURG                                                132

HONOURED

GUEST                                 120

LOVELACE                                                 128

FORTHEMILLIONKISS                            126

DARJINA                                                     133

SARISSA                                                      ?

HENRYTHENAVIGATOR                        140

PACO

BOY                                                  131

NATAGORA                                                132

GOLDIKOVA                                              135

PAS

SEUL                                                    ?

 

 

Henrythenavigator

is clearly the horse to beat as the son of Kingmambo is unbeaten at three and

unbeaten in his six starts to date on good or firm ground. He has not won his

four Group 1’s this year by wide margins but nevertheless beat New Approach

comfortably to win the Irish 2,000 Guineas and Raven’s Pass never really looked

like beating him in either the St James’s Palace Stakes nor the Sussex Stakes

at Goodwood. Henrythenavigator would be vulnerable on soft ground and perhaps

in a slowly run tactical race. The main dangers are likely to come from the

three fillies who contested the finish of the Group 1 Prix Rothschild in Deauville at the

beginning of August. Goldikova beat Darjina by ½ length to win her first Group

1 race while Natagora, who was making her first start after a two month break

was third 2 lengths further behind. Goldikova has a different pacemaker this

time and together with Henrythenavigator’s leader should ensure a good early

pace. Goldikova has run to her best on all types of ground and appears to be improving.

Darjina is a consistent Group 1 performer at her best on firm ground and at her

very best in this race last year when she beat Ramonti and George Washington.

She has not won a race since despite running consistently well. Natagora will

not have to make the running this time as she did in the Rothschild and has run

right up to her best since in the Jacques le Marois when although well beaten

by Tamayuz was comfortably clear of the others.

 

Sageburg

looked set for a sequence of Group 1 wins when beating Darjina in the Group 1

Prix d’Ispahan at the beginning of the year but has disappointed on his two

starts since. He is a horse with great ability but it is not easy to get him to

show it. The final major contender has to be Paco Boy who has won six of his

last seven starts only disappointing in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains. His

best performance to date came last time when he won the Group 2 Hungerford

Stakes run at Newbury on soft ground by 4 ½ lengths. Lovelace won a Group race

at Baden Baden at the beginning of the week after running well in top handicaps

in England, while Forthemillionkiss put up his best performance to date on his

last start when winning a Group 2

in Hanover, it would however be surprising if either

prove to be competitive against the proven Group 1 peroformers in the field.