A day before the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, a couple of G1s were held at the Paris Longchamp Race Course in France. In the 2022 Prix de Royallieu, Sea La Rosa displayed her class and bagged her first G1 victory, upon which Kyprios was class above the rest of the field in the Prix du Cadran.
Prix de Royallieu
This G1 turf race was open for three-year-old and older fillies and mares who clashed over the distance of a mile and six furlongs. On the very soft ground, they vied for the purse of €300,000, with Sea La Rosa (13-5) being the favorite.
The William Haggas-trained filly settled behind the leading rival, and once the field of ten contestants hit the final stretch, Tom Marquand urged his mount to pick up.
Sea La Rosa quickly took command, and even though she didn’t manage to draw away much from her rivals, her victory was a decisive one in 3m 13.76s. Jonnah Flower (17-1) gave a lovely turn of foot on the outside to get quite close to the victress, losing to her only by a length. Ottilien (12-1) kept third place.
The daughter of Sea The Stars concluded the last season with a Listed win and climbed higher in 2022. Sea La Rosa aimed at the Prix de Royallieu with two G2 victories shining in her resume, and on Saturday, she completed a victorious hattrick.
The talented four-year-old filly was simply all class in the closing stages; however, Jonnah Fowler’s finish from the rear of the field was an eye-catching one.
Ottillien led the field from the start and maintained third place, while Australian star Verry Elleegant (27-10) was kept in the pack and didn’t have any space to rally forward in the final stretch. Instead of running in the Arc, she had to settle for seventh place in the Prix de Royallieu, which looks like quite a sad outcome of her European tilt.
Prix du Cadran
This G1 turf race offered the purse of €300,000 to the field of twelve stayers who covered the distance of two miles and four furlongs.
The unique race was open to four-year-old and older horses, and Kyprios (7-10) turned it into a one-horse show.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained chestnut galloped close to the pace, and unlike his rivals, he looked utterly fresh upon turning for home. Once Ryan Moore pushed him forward, four-year-old Kyprios kept drawing clear from his tired opponents, and even though he drifted severely towards the stands, he still managed to score the race easily by an abysmal 20 lengths.
Crossing the wire in 4m 31.62s, he was just brilliant on the very soft ground, leaving outsider Almacado Gree (71-1) back in second. Tashkhan (15-1) was third.
Without a doubt, this chestnut son of Galileo is currently the absolute star of the ultra-long distances as Saturday’s race became only a fight for the second place, which Almacado Gree decided for himself in front of Tashkhan. Princes Zoe (15-1), the victress of the Prix du Cadran 2020, finished fourth.
Two of the participants, including Skazino (15-1), pulled up.
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