Indonesienne: the Marcel Boussac winner was disappointing in thirdPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Lesstalk In Paris takes all-the-way victory
Report: France, Sunday
Longchamp: Prix de la Grotte (Group 3) 3yo, fillies
LESSTALK IN PARIS reversed juvenile form with Indonesienne, who could finish just third behind Straight Thinking, in this French 1,000 Guineas trial.
The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained winner led from start to close and had things her own way up front, but she still stuck on in good fashion to hold off the challenges of Straight Thinking and Indonesienne.
However, as a Guineas trial the race was underwhelming. Indonesienne, who had beaten Lesstalk In Paris in the Prix Marcel Boussac last October, failed to make any inroads on the leader's advantage in a particularly flat performance.
Referring to the slow race time, Rouget said: "One minute 50 for 1,600 metres - she goes faster than that in a morning canter.
"But she finished well and there is more progress to come from her between now and the Poule d'Essai [the French 1,000 Guineas] in terms of her coat and her condition."
Christophe Ferland, trainer of Indonesienne, said: “They went very slow and the first three remained the same throughout. It's important to put the race in context – it was her comeback and she has lost the battle, not the war. She has already proved she is very good by winning a Group 1 and today she showed she can still finish well off a less sustained pace."