2023 Prix de l’Abbaye Highfield Princess regains the crown

On a very good day for chalk players, the admirable Highfield Princess became the fourth favorite to win a G1 at Longchamp Track on Sunday when toughing it out to land the speed-feast Abbaye.

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Prix de l’Abbaye, G1, 350,000 euro, 5f turf, 2yo+

Highfield Princess, the pride of Yorkshire, showed that she was no back number with an authoritative victory in the Abbaye at Longchamp on Sunday, grabbing her first G1 of 2023 from the longshots Perdika and Aesop’s Fables.

The six-year-old mare had not recaptured the brilliance of her 2022 campaign when she won three G1s, but this was the old Highfield Princess and she got the job done in style as 2-1 favorite.

She defied what was considered a bad post-position too, coming through fast from the furlong marker under Jason Hart to assert in the closing stages, driving a length clear at the line from long-time leader Perdika, with Aesop’s Fables beaten a short head into third after doing all his best work late. 

2023 Prix de l’Abbaye Race Video


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“She tries so hard, she just toughed it out,” said trainer John Quinn, for whom this was a breakthrough win at Longchamp’s showpiece meeting. “She’s as good a sprinting mare as you’ll find anywhere in the world.”

Highfield Princess will get the chance to confirm that opinion, as she will either use her win-and-in pass for the G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint or wait for the G1 Hong Kong Sprint in December.

2023 Prix de l’Abbaye Payouts

HorseWin (euro)Place (euro)
1. Highfield Princess3.101.80
2. Perdika9.00
3. Aesop’s Fables7.70

Winning time: 55.07s

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