Prix de liancourt

Autres informations / 01.09.2008

Prix de liancourt


ICON PROJECT                               120

TRES RAPIDE                                 119

L’ETOILE DE MOSCOU                117


BAY                                       116


GERMANIA                      115

SATURNINE                                    114

ASTROLOGIE                                 113

VRAIMENT ROUGE                      112

BALLADEUSE                                107



Project has been supplemented for this race and looks to have a first class

chance. The daughter of Empire Maker was second to Dar Re Mi on her racecourse

debut at the beginning of the year and after winning her maiden was unlucky

when only fourth in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot. Last time

out she chased Dar Re Mi and Folk Opera throughout a Listed race at Newmarket

run over 2400 metres

and despite taking her time to settle she finished third only a length behind

Dar Re Mi and Folk Opera and well clear of the rest of the field. Icon Project

comes back in trip but if she settles will prove very hard to beat.



Rapide was fourth last time out in the Group 1 German Oaks over 2200 metres at Dusseldorf 2 lengths

behind Lady Marian the winner of the Prix de la Nonette,  who was second. She was ridden up with the

pace that day while Salve Germania who was some 6 lengths further behind was

held up and failed to get a run. Salve Germania had previously been sixth in a

Group 3 at Hamburg

behind the subsequent Group winners Lady Marian and Ashantee. L’Etoile de

Moscou looked like a top prospect when beating the subsequent dual winner

Mahaateer over 2400

metres at Longchamp in June but she showed nothing like

the same form when well beaten in a Listed race at Vichy over 2000 metres, a race in

which Saturnine was third. Seal Bay has been off the track since disappointing

on firm ground in the Prix de Royaumont at Chantilly in June but had previously

finished second in a Listed at Longchamp behind Prudenzia, 1 ½ lengths in front

of Tres Rapide who was third ¾ length ahead of Balladeuse in fourth. Balladeuse

was subsequently third in the Royaumont behind Sub Rose and will be better

suited to easier ground and is preferred to Vraiment Rouge by Olivier Peslier.

Astrologie drops back in trip after finishing fifth in the Prix Minerve behind

Dar Re Mi and had previously won a Listed at Longchamp in July over 2400 metres with

Vraiment Rouge 5 lengths behind in fourth.  






CALL                    118


GALERNA                                 111

CAESARINE                                    114

AZABARA                                       121


BLOSSOM                           118


GIRL                            112

AFYA                                                117


SUNDAY                           112

MASQUENADA                              110



Fabre runs three fillies with an excellent chance in Azabara, Caesarine and

Afya. Azabara had a faultless record until disappointing last time out when

only fifth in the Prix Chloe, 12 lengths 

behind Goldikova and 2 ½ lengths behind her stable companion Caesarine.

Previously the daughter of Pivotal had been fifth in the Poule d’Essai des

Pouliches and had beaten subsequent Listed winners Sefroua and Kayaba to win a

Listed at Saint Cloud

in June. If she returns to that level of form Azabara will be very hard to

beat. Caesarine has disappointed over 2000 metres since but

is almost certainly at her best over this trip. Afya has done nothing wrong in

three career starts and was a close up third last time to Alnadana in a Listed

over this trip. The pair of Khaled Abdulla owned fillies also have a first rate

chance even if Conference Call has not run since disappointing in the Poule

d’Essai. On her first start of the year the daughter of Anabaa had been an

excellent second in Zarkava in the Prix de la Grotte. Snow Blossom was not as

precocious but has looked like a potential Listed winner on her last two starts

scoring comfortable victories at Compiegne and then again at Clairefontaine

over 1800 metres.

This is the daughter of Beat Hollow’s first attempt at this trip.






ROAD                                    121


OUT                                        116

WINKLE                                           119

CYMBAL                                         117


HATES ME                              113


THE MOON                                   111



Road is clear top rated on her best form,

which she last showed when finishing second to Ponte Tresa in a Listed race run

on heavy ground at Longchamp at the beginning of the year. However she has been

well below that form on her two starts in Deauville

in August and may be hard pushed to beat the improving three year olds headed

by Winkle and Cymbal. Winkle is unbeaten in two starts having beaten Timos

comfortably over 2400

metres at Clairfontaine and then Lucky Game by 2 1/2

lengths over 2700 metres

in Deauville. Cymbal has shown a preference for soft ground and ran an

excellent race on her comeback after a break to be second to Mr Dob in a Listed

race over 2000 metres.

She tackles this trip for the first time and could well improve further with a

test of stamina.



Out has improved since being tried over longer trips and after finishing second

in a Listed race at Newcastle was fourth beaten only just over four lengths by

Sixties Icon and Tempelstern in a Group race at Newbury over 2500 metres. She Hates

Me is another who steps up in trip and has been running consistently all year.

Last time out she was only a length behind Cymbal when fourth to Mr Dob in a

Listed at Lion d’Angers. Shake The Moon has won her last two starts easily at

this trip in Vichy

and is another with scope for further improvement.