French aim for Fiesolana
Last Updated: 22/06/14 12:03pm
Willie McCreery is eyeing a return trip to France with Fiesolana following her creditable effort at Royal Ascot.
The Aussie Rules mare won five times during a tremendous 2013 campaign and was snapped up by leading owners Flaxman Stables during the off-season.
She was slightly disappointing on her return to action at Saint-Cloud, but bounced back when narrowly denied by Purr Along in the Lanwades Stud Stakes at the Curragh and backed that up with a fine effort to finish fourth in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes.
McCreery believes his stable star will benefit in coming back from a mile and sees the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville, run over six and a half furlongs, as an ideal target.
McCreery said: "She ran to the pound with the filly that beat her at the Curragh and I'd say it was a very good renewal.
"It was another very good run from her and we think we might just drop back in trip with her now.
"She travelled very well the other day and moved upsides, but she just hasn't quite seen it out over the mile.
"She was very good over seven furlongs last year and won a Group Three over six, so she has plenty of speed.
"I also think the faster ground probably doesn't suit as well as when it's soft.
"We might look at a race like the Prix Maurice de Gheest now. That's six and a half furlongs and you'd imagine you might get a bit of ease in the ground, so that could suit her well."