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Longchamp

  • 15:15 Qatar Prix Vermeille 1m 3f 204y

  • (3yo Group 1 Stakes) €350,000 added 3yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner €223,580 2nd €69,230 3rd €34,616 4th €17,255
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:15:30

Full result

15:15 Longchamp Result 11th September 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (2) Galikova (FR) 8-8 O Peslier F Head 3 5/6f
opened 10/11 touched evs
2nd (1) Testosterone (IRE) 8-8 S Pasquier P Bary 3 9/1
opened 9/1 touched 9/1
3rd (3) Shareta (IRE) 8-8 C P Lemaire A de Royer-Dupre 3 9/2
opened 9/2 touched 5/1
Also Ran: Sarah Lynx (IRE) , Wavering (IRE) , Wonder of Wonders (USA)

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.80 Tote Place: £1.30,1.60
Straight Forecast: £8.97 Exacta: £7.50

Verdict

The winning time was around two seconds slower than the two preceding trials despite the pace appearing to be good and even but conditions had worsened appreciably following heavy rain. GALIKOVA, a Galileo half-sister to Goldikova, was having her first run over a mile and a half and emphatically proved her stamina for the trip with a commanding victory. She raced in fourth, tracking Wonder Of Wonders, and off the rail ensuring that she was going to have plenty of room in which to make her challenge. She only needed a couple of taps from Olivier Peslier to quicken up impressively and Peslier only had to push her out to score. The jockey felt that she had improved since winning at Deauville and she is firmly on course for the Arc; Zarkava was the last - and fifth in total - to complete the Vermeille/Arc double and bookmakers were suitably impressed to slash her odds in what is shaping up to be an open year. Testosterone had been absent since the end of June when winning her second Group race in the space of a month. She was always well positioned on the inside behind the pace and moved through readily enough to overhaul Shareta for second but was no match for the winner. Purchased for just 15,000 euros, the Dansili filly who is out of a mare from a smart Juddmonte family, is still progressing and may yet to be able to pick up a race at this level if she continues to improve. Shareta ran out an easy winner of a Group Three over an extended mile and a half last time and Christophe Lemaire set out to make full use of her stamina. She kept on well, only giving up second place close home, and ran a fine race on this step back up in class having previously finished towards the rear in the Prix de Diane when held-up. Sarah Lynx gave away some ground at the start when appearing to miss the break but gradually made up the ground and moved up the inside of Wavering as the field began to turn for home. Her rider was then unable to extricate himself from that rail position as the sprint began in the straight but she didn't make any significant progress once in the open. This was still a decent run giving weight away to some smart younger fillies and she seems to have improved for blinkers. Wonder Of Wonders raced prominently in second but failed to quicken when asked and weakened out of contention. She has run her best races under faster conditions and may not have acted on the ground.