Audarya, Breeders’ Cup winners, Glass Slippers in WAYI action on Arc undercard
Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) features four additional Breeders’ Cup races “Win and You’re In”. The Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (G1) and the Prix Marcel Boussac (G1) offer free seats at the Juvenile Turf (G1) and the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), respectively, while the Prix de l’Opéra (G1) is a Challenge event. for the Filly & Mare Turf (G1), and the Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (G1) plays the same role for the Turf Sprint (G1).
Prix de l’Opéra (G1) – Race 5 (10:50 a.m. ET)
Opera 2020 proved to be a key indicator of the Breeders’ Cup, with Tarnawa denying Audaria at ParisLongchamp. Tarnawa then beat the cocks in the Turf (G1), and Audarya had a 17.80-1 upset in the Filly & Mare Turf. With Tarnawa in the Arc, Audarya doesn’t have to deal with herself as she tries Opera again.
Without a win since her exploits at Keeneland, Audarya has nevertheless been close in two of the three outings of this campaign. The mare James Fanshawe was a gallant second behind Love on their mutual return in Prince of Wales’s (G1) at Royal Ascot. After regressing to fifth place in Nassau (G1) at Glorious Goodwood, Audarya returned to top form at Deauville. Wootton Bassett’s daughter appeared on the verge of securing yet another victory in the Aug. 22 Prix Jean Romanet (G1), only to be nailed by the progressive Great glory.
The Romanet superfecta will renew the rivalry over the same distance of approximately 1 1/4 mile to the Opera. Third usher Thunderous nights made headlines earlier in the summer beating hapless Santa Barbara in the Pretty Polly (G1). Romanet fourth Ambition had narrowly missed Audarya during the edition of the previous year.
Most of the Opera field, however, consists of second year fillies. Aidan O’Brien’s training Jeanne D’Arc won the Prix de Diane (French Oaks) (G1), beating Burgarita, Sibila Spain, To blush, and Incarville. Joan of Arc then finished third in Nassau and last in the Prix Vermeille (G1). Zeyada, vice-champion of Nassau for Roger Varian, finished sixth better than it seems in the Prix de la Nonette (G2) on August 21 in Deauville after having blown up the breakaway. Babylon Likewise, she failed to do justice to herself as Nonette’s eighth, but André Fabre’s filly won both appearances at Longchamp, including the Prix de Malleret (G2) on July 14. Nonette quasi-missile Penja and undefeated Preis der Diana (German Oaks) (G1) romper Palmas add to the plot.
Prix de l’Abbaye (G1) – Race 6 (11:25 am ET)
Reigning Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) vixen Glass slippers will try to book a return trip to the Abbey, where she will have to defeat a high-class three-year-old filly in Suesa.
Glass Slippers are one neck away from perfection on this roughly five-stadium course, having won the Abbey and the 2019 Prix de Petit Couvert (G3) and losing in an aerial fight with Wooded here as the champion. in title last year. Third behind Suesa in her late reappearance in the King George (G2) on July 30 at Glorious Goodwood, Glass Slippers was much closer to third place in her title defense in the Flying Five (G1) on September 12 at the Curragh. The mare Kevin Ryan could be even better in this third start of the year since she is again opposed to the first two of the Flying Five, Romantic proposal and A case of you.
Suesa is going to take a few hits, however. Unbeaten on French soil, all at Chantilly, the pupil of François Rohaut has established herself as a serious sprinter in the Prix Sigy (G3) and the Prix Texanita (G3). Suesa suffered her first Commonwealth Cup eighth-place defeat from Royal Ascot (G1), but showed real ability when narrowing down to five stages in her British ventures that followed. A smashing winner of the King George, Suesa took fourth place in a Nunthorpe (G1) which was not to her advantage. Nunthorpe victory Winter power is a machine at its best, but she found life more difficult away from York tiring herself out in 10th place in the last Flying Five.
Recent hero of Le Petit Couvert Berneuil leads several to the exit of this preparation of course and distance – third Savage majesty; Fourth Mo Celita; fifth Air of Waltz, winner of the Petit Couvert 2020; seventh Lady in France, which is worth a look at this re-fitting in the light of its fourth at the Abbey last fall; and 10th Pradaro, who beat Berneuil to overthrow the Prix du Gros-Chène (G2) last June.
Lady in France is one of the two for Karl Burke, with the second year filly Dandalla, who has just ended a long losing streak in the Scottish sprint on 17 September at Ayr. Johnny Murtagh sends Urban rhythm, third of his last two tries, including Winter Power’s in City Walls S.
Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (G1) – Race 2 (8:50 a.m. ET)
While Ebro river brandishes the scoring form line as winner of Phoenix (G1) and third of Vincent O’Brien National (G1), Ancient Rome has a lot of appeal. Trained by Fabre for Coolmore partners, the well-behaved son of War Front would likely be undefeated if he hadn’t run hard in his debut. Ancient Rome has since won three straight victories, most recently justifying favoritism in the Prix des Chênes (G3).
Noble Truth depicts the very hot Charlie Appleby, but parent Godolphin has to move on after just scratching home in the Flying Scotsman S. in Doncaster. A similar point applies to the girl Ballydoyle Stone Age, who was on the verge of breaking into Champions Juvenile (G2) at Leopardstown.
Also note the winner of Vintage (G2) Blue Angel, undefeated German goalscorer in Group 3 Rocchigiani, and undefeated heroine of the Prix du Calvados (G2) Accakaba, who prefers to face males in this journey of about seven meters rather than lay down for the Boussac in his own division.
The Lagardère offers points on the European route to the Kentucky Derby, according to the 10-4-2-1 scheme, but that only seems of academic interest to this group.
Prix Marcel Boussac (G1) – Race 1 (8:15 a.m. ET)
Fabre praised the blue blood of Juddmonte Raclette, now 2 for 2 after playing in a race in Chantilly conditions for a metric mile on soft ground. Although these conditions recurred on Sunday, Fabre expressed concern that the course might become too soft. If so, the master trainer prefers to step it up in class on better ground in Newmarket’s Oh So Sharp (G3) next Friday. Nonetheless, the daughter of Frankel and several Millionaire Grade 1 Emollient winners is still the big favorite outpost for Boussac.
If Raclette tried his luck here, Fabre would be three. His duo of Iris flower and Zellie recently proved its worth in the Prix d’Aumale (G3) in distance and distance.
Either way, Father Frankel should always have a serious competitor in the breed of George Strawbridge. Natasha. Almanzor’s half-sister has carved out a place for herself at this level after two day wins for John and Thady Gosden.
Invade for Joseph O’Brien is Agartha, the one with the form Group 1 in the book. The winner Debutante (G2) and Silver Flash (G3) finished second in Moyglare Stud (G1). Acer alley, a half Siyouni at Digital Age, beat the men in the Prix La Rochette (G3) on September 5 which went well. Both placegetters announced form this week, with finalist Making Moovies narrowly missing in Friday’s Prix Thomas Bryon (G3) and El Bodegon winning the Prix de Conde (G3).
Oscula, who beat Zellie in the Prix Six Perfections (G3) on August 3, has since placed third in the Prix du Calvados (G2) and Rockfel (G2). Coach George Boughey thought about sticking to around seven stadiums for the Lagardère, but decided to stick with fillies instead.
Who knows was acquired by Teruya Yoshida following her close verdict in the August 15 Prix François Boutin (G3) over men, and Times Square was third against useful colts in a stake near Deauville.
Prix de la Forêt (G1) – Race 9 (12 p.m. ET)
The forest is not a Challenge race, but it has historically given contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1). Appleby finally gets his seven-meter specialist Space blues to that goal, having been forced to miss it for the past two seasons. The Group 1 veteran was back on the song on August 21 in York (G2).
Kinross dethroned Space Blues in the July 27 Lennox (G2) at Glorious Goodwood on soft ground, and the former classic contestant has become a more reliable guy since his gelding. Respectable fifth for Marianafoot in the Prix Maurice de Gheest (G1) in his latest, Kinross is the most efficient on this trip.
Several contenders are fillies. Sagamiya, beaten by Mother Earth in the Prix Rothschild (G1), beat the boys in the Prix du Pin (G3) in course and distance (G3). Improvement Pearls galore just missed by a head in the Matron (G1), where Mother Earth was an unlucky third. Also in the distaff brigade are Talk about the devil, third in the Rothschilds and Pin; Too handsome, vice-champion of the backstroke Maurice de Gheest; and the first two from Oak Tree (G3) at Glorious Goodwood, Last Empire and Onassis.
Scorer of the Prix du Muguet (G2) Duhail chased Marianafoot twice on this distance course, in the Prix du Palais-Royal (G3) and the Prix de la Porte Maillot (G3). Fourth in class and traveling to Sussex (G1), the rider Fabre recently finished second in the Prix de Meautry (G3) on August 21 on the cutback.
Thunder moon was largely disappointed at three, but the student of Joseph O’Brien delivered his best effort of 2021 by narrowly missing the Prix Jean Prat (G1). Njord has won three group standings this season for fit Jessica Harrington, including Kinross seconds in the John of Gaunt (G3) and Breeders’ Cup Order of Australia shock in Curragh’s The Minstrel (G2). from Japan Entschneiden, a respectable fifth in its Pin focus, faces a deeper field in more difficult conditions.