On Sunday, two G1 races are to be held at the French racecourse ParisLongchamp. At first, three-year-old fillies line up for the Prix Saint-Alary over a mile and a quarter, where the local fillies face challengers from the British Isles, especially Prosperous Voyage, who finished second in the 1000 Guineas. Older horses then meet in the G1 Prix d’Ispahan, a prestigious and traditional event headlined by Sealiway, the winner of the last year’s Champion Stakes in Ascot.
The G1 turf race attracted a field of seven three-year-old fillies who are about to cover the distance of a mile and a quarter. With the purse of €250.000 up for grabs, the event serves as the trial for the Prix de Diane at which some fillies from the British Isles aim.
The first to mention is Prosperous Voyage trained by Ralph Beckett, who recorded six starts as a two-year-old and even though she scored only a maiden, the bay filly finished second in the G1 Fillies Miles behind Inspiral. In the season 2022, she’s hit the track just once; however, she again impacted the race strongly as Prosperous Voyage delivered a great run in defeat in the 1000 Guineas when bettered only by Cachet.
Her form was boosted by Cachet’s subsequent second place in the French 1000 Guineas, and because the daughter of Zoffany rested since the Classic outing, she is expected to show another brilliant effort on Sunday. Basically, the only catch may be spotted in the distance, and the mile and a quarter-long trip could well be the maximum she can handle. Wild Beauty also travels from the United Kingdom as she’s trained by Charlie Appleby, for whom she scored the G1 Natalma Stakes in 2021.
She entered the new season with a G3 victory but didn’t show anything interesting in the 1000 Guineas, and even though she might benefit from the trip on Sunday, it sort of seems she lacks some class to succeed among the European elite. Still, the company of the Prix Saint-Alary isn’t that stellar, so she could snatch up a fine place.
Joseph O’Brien relies on Above The Curve, a maiden victress and Listed-placed filly by American Pharoah. She looks to have some class about her, and on Sunday, she should suggest how good she can actually be. The trip won’t be an issue.
Place du Carrousel could be the best of the bunch regarding the French participants. The Andre Fabre bound filly is unbeaten in 2022, winning both of her outings, including the G3 Prix Cleopatre in April.
She spent the race at the rear of the field, but her finish was fatal for the rivals, and if she delivers something similar on Sunday, she could catch the abovementioned fillies off the guard. Queen Trezy has also suggested some class, given she ran in second in a last year’s G3 race behind smart Rosacea, and her seasonal debut resulted in a good second place at the same level.
Sippinsoda hasn’t been defeated yet as the Jean-Claude Rouget trainee bagged two wins in 2021 and continued in the same fashion in 2022; however, she is yet to face a Graded company. Blue Wings completes the field.
|Horse||Jockey||Horse Racing Odds by JazzSports|
|Place Du Carrousel||Mickael Barzalona||+450|
|Blue Wings||Stephane Pasquier||+2600|
|Queen Trezy||Christophe Soumillon||+1200|
|Wild Beauty||William Buick||+375|
|Prosperous Voyage||Frankie Dettori||+220|
|Above The Curve||Ryan Moore||+700|
Prix Saint-Alary Betting Prediction
Prosperous Voyage due to her fine performance in the 1000 Guineas. If she handles the distance, she should win.
The G1 turf event is open to four-year-old and older horses who will clash at the distance of a mile and one and a half furlongs. The purse of €250.000 lured in a field of six horses, including the G1 winner Sealiway.
The Francis-Henri Graffard bound chestnut recorded his first G1 victory back in 2020 when destroying the competition of two-year-olds on the very soft ground. In 2021, he confirmed his suggested class by finishing second in the Grand Prix du Jockey Club behind St Mark’s Basilica, upon which he was fifth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and thrived on the softer ground in Ascot, bagging the G1 Champions Stakes.
The lacklustre performance in the Saudi Cup is easy to excuse – Sealiway is not a horse for the dirt surface, and because he collected places in both the G2 Prix d’Harcourt and the G1 Prix Ganay, he is the victory candidate for the Prix d’Ispahan. However, he ran second in the last-mentioned race behind the second Pretty Tiger, an event outsider.
The four-year-old colt is quite a smart one as he scored a G2 race in 2021 and added a G3 triumph in 2022, while he looks to be capable of further progress. The couple of local contenders could find the most serious threat in a British raider, the five-year-old Dreamloper trained by Ed Walker. The bay mare climbed from the handicap races to the Graded company during last year’s season, and after securing a G3 victory, she wasn’t entirely lost even in the G1 Sun Chariot Stakes in October.
Back then, she ran in third; moreover, she managed to draw on that fine result in the season 2022 by scoring the G2 Dahlia Stakes in May. Sunday’s start could be a step too big for her, but she shouldn’t be discarded just because of that. After all, the field isn’t the strongest the Prix d’Ispahan has seen.
The remaining trio of participants feature Wally and Dilawar, who doesn’t look really ready to play impactful roles here, which leaves us with Dawn Intello, a double G3 victor.
Although the results of the five-year-old horse aren’t anything extraordinary, his most recent G3 win in Italy suggests he’s in form. He might record another fine run here because he wasn’t far away from Sealiway in the Prix d’Harcourt.
|Horse||Jockey||Horse Racing Odds by JazzSports|
|Dawn Intello||Gerald Mosse||+1000|
|Pretty Tiger||Maxime Guyon||+275|
Prix d’Ispahan Betting Pick
Pretty Tiger, who didn’t have enough space to rally properly last time out, but if he gets a clear run this time, he could achieve his premiere G1 victory.
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