Grand prix du nord

Autres informations / 03.11.2008

Grand prix du nord



competitive Listed race but Birbone has an excellent chance of winning a first

stakes race after a string of narrow defeats in similar races. Birbone has

finished close up in Listeds won by Blue Exit, Ideal World, Mr Dob and last

time out Virtual and Lady Deauville. This is the longest trip he has run over

to date but a bigger question mark is probably the ground. The main opposition

is likely to come from the Aga Khan’s pair Albahri and Shadiyna who were both

impressive winners last time out and Aronos who is making only his second start

of the year after showing high class form at two. Albarhi is lightly raced and

more than once has looked like a high class prospect. He may have been

flattered by the margin of his victory last time at Saint Cloud on a day when front runners were

favoured but is clearly a useful colt. Shadiyna looked promising in the spring

and after working for Zarkava in the morning won well last time out at Saint Cloud. Aornos won

well enough on his comeback at Lyon in

September and would have a good chance on his best form as a juvenile.



difficult race to work out with several unexposed horses and no outstanding

candidate. Higha has looked to be good on more than one occasion but has shown

little in her two starts in Group races to date. In Deauville in August she put up an excellent

performance when second to Homebound in a Listed over this trip, but then ran

disappointingly in the Prix Jean Luc Lagardere at the Arc weekend. Denomination

also ran badly at the Arc weekend showing little in the Prix Marcel Boussac but

had previous finished close up behind Soul

City in Deauville

and Soneva and Article Rare at Chantilly. The

filly with the best recent Group form is Bufera who was not beaten far when

third to Article Rare in the Prix des Reservoirs in Deauville in October. Blue Fiji won well

on her debut in a newcomers race and the only one of the first six home to have

run since won at Clairefontaine but the value of the form is impossible to

evaluate. Novita was third at Clairefontaine on her debut in August and won a

Listed at Dusseldorf

since. Again the value of the race is hard to judge as the second is highly

thought of but was beaten 10 lengths in a Group race on his subsequent start.

Entre Deux Eaux is steadily improving and won a B race at Longchamp last

weekend and she is the most experienced of the field. My Sweet Baby and Aiboa

are hard to weigh up on their performances in Italy

and Spain.

Stefer was beaten only by Pill at Longchamp and then won over this course and

distance last time out.







Rei has an obvious chance if he is back to the form he showed at the beginning

of the summer when he was the impressive winner of a Group race in Italy and

the Prix Robert Papin, in which he beat the English trained Percolator and

Senor Mirasol. Lui Rei ran poorly in the Prix Morny in August and has not been

seen since. If the Italian challenger is not back to his best then it is an

open race with a slight preference for All Speedy who beat the Prix d’Aumale

winner Soneva on her debut and then this week’s Listed winner Doriana on her

latest start. Smooth Operator beat the English trained pair Saxford and Bonnie

Charlie in the Prix Eclipse with Treasure about a length behind in fourth

place. Control Zone won on his debut and was then beaten 4 ½ lengths when

second in a Group 3 at Newmarket

over 1400 metres.