Dream field at Saint-Cloud
Stellar cast lines up at Saint-Cloud on Sunday
Last Updated: June 22, 2012 1:41pm
Danedream: Runs in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on Sunday
Danedream could put herself in line for a first trip to Britain with a prominent showing in a superb renewal of the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on Sunday.
Peter Schiergen's filly was a brilliant winner of last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp and, although she disappointed in Japan next time, she made a winning seasonal reappearance in her homeland last month.
She steps back up to Group One level to face four talented rivals this weekend and could earn herself a tilt at the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot with a big run.
Schiergen said: "She is in very good form and hopefully she will run a very good race on Sunday.
"She has won on soft ground and good ground, so I don't think it matters to her too much.
"There are only five horses in the race on Sunday, but they are five good horses, so it will be an interesting contest.
"We take it race by race. We will see how she runs on Sunday, but the options afterwards are either a race in Germany or the King George at Ascot."
One horse who is almost certainly Ascot-bound is Cirrus Des Aigles, who has winning form at the track having landed last year's Champion Stakes.
He has added two further Group One prizes this season and trainer Corine Barande-Barbe elected to send her star turn for this race rather than Wednesday's Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Barande-Barbe said: "We thought about Ascot but I just felt it would be better to run him over a mile and a half before he goes for the King George.
"There was also no rain around Ascot earlier this week and we would rather stay home and run him on the softer ground on Sunday.
"I'm not sure it will be very soft, but it will be soft and the heavier it is, the more it will trouble the others. It won't bother him.
"All has gone well since his last run, so hopefully he runs well and then we can look forward to the King George."
Freddie Head runs Galikova for the first time this season, a filly who is a half-sister to the incredible Goldikova.
She was most impressive in last year's Prix Vermeille, but disappointed in the Arc and has not been seen since.
Head said: "She is very well and I'm very happy with her.
"It is of course her first run of the year, but I think she is quite fit and I expect her to run a good race.
"It is a tough contest, but I think my filly has improved during the winter. Goldikova improved as she got older and this filly has definitely put on weight and is physically stronger than she was last year.
"She is entered in the King George, but we will see what happens on Sunday."
Of the now retired Goldikova, Head said: "I have not seen her for a while, but I understand she is in foal to Galileo, so that might not be a bad horse!"
Alain de Royer-Dupre's Shareta and the Andre Fabre-trained Meandre complete Sunday's small but select field.