Sunday’s card at the French racecourse Paris Longchamp featured a couple of G1 races. At first, three-year-old fillies lined up for the Prix Saint-Alary, the French Oaks trial, where Irish filly Above The Curve scored smoothly in front of local rivals. British mare Dreamloper then struck gold in the Prix d’Ispahan in a company of four-year-old and older horses. Here’s Prix Saint-Alary Recap & More Longchamp Races.
The G1 race for three-year-old fillies was held at a distance of a mile and a quarter and offered the purse of €250.000. On the turf surface, only six participants clashed as due to traffic complications, favorite Prosperous Voyage didn’t make it to France at all. Still, the victory didn’t stay at home because Irish raider Above The Curve (7-5) scored in 2m 6.25s.
Piloted by Ryan Moore, the big filly traveled alongside the leader, took command in the final stretch, and cruised home with the advantage of a length to second Place du Carrousel (12-5), finishing on the outside. Queen Trezy (48-10) tried hard to close on them but managed only a third.
As Prosperous Voyage scratched, Above The Curve replaced her as a favorite even though she had no experience with Graded races.
The Joseph O’Brien filly’s best result came in a Listed company, where she placed second; however, her Sunday performance was quite professional, and the daughter of American Pharoah was boasting class throughout the whole race.
Place du Carrousel galloped in the rear and delivered a finish in the closing stages, yet it never seemed to be enough to actually catch the victress. Queen Trezy secured third place after leaving Sippinsoda (41-5) in fourth and Wild Beauty (49-10) in fifth.
The second G1 turf race of the day was open to four-year-old and older horses who covered the distance of a mile and a furlong. With the purse of €250.000 up for grabs, the event attracted six participants, among which Dreamloper (26-5) proved to be the best on Sunday as the Ed Walker bound mare bagged her premiere G1 victory easily.
Under Kieran Shoemark, the British bay settled in second, and once she was urged to go forward, the five-year-old mare did so enthusiastically. Dreamloper drew clear from her rivals and, unchallenged, crossed the wire in 1m 53.74s two lengths in front of Wally (12-1). Favorite Pretty Tiger (9-5) didn’t show anything interesting in the final stretch and took only third.
Dreamloper suggested she’s capable of some progress in 2021 when placing third in the G1 Sun Chariot Stakes, and after she scored in the G2 Dahlia Stakes in May, she only confirmed her abilities. Still, she was about to face the G1 winner Sealiway (14-5) on Sunday, and thus her chances seemed limited, yet everything about the Prix d’Ispahan just came into her stride. The daughter of Lope de Vega didn’t allow anybody to deny her the first G1 success here; moreover, the preferred participants were quite disappointing this time as Wally was the one securing second place.
Pretty Tiger barely held third place before Dilawar (5-2), while Sealiway (14-5) weakened in the final stretch and dropped to the fifth position.
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