Shareta (noseband, left) finished second to Danedream in the ArcPICTURE: Getty Images
Arc second Shareta to start season in Allez
Preview: France, Monday (3.00pm BST)
Chantilly: Prix Allez France (Group 3) 1m2f, 4yo+ fillies and mares
THE Aga Khan's Shareta takes the first step of a four-year-old career connections hope will reward their decision to keep the Arc runner-up in training.
The daughter of Sinndar ran the race of her life when chasing home Danedream at Longchamp last October, before finishing seventh in the Japan Cup on her final start.
"She's well but she really loves quick ground, and we don't know if she'll be the same horse on soft," said trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre. "We are running to find out, and if she doesn't enjoy it that will dictate our future planning with her."
Dream Peace must concede weight to all of her eight rivals courtesy of her success in the Group 2 Prix de la Nonette at Deauville last summer.
That was followed with a fine third in Canada's EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine, and Robert Collet is gearing Dream Peace up for another international campaign.
"It's her comebackand she's giving weight, so I don't want her to have too hard a race," he said. "Depending on how she runs we'll look at either the Pretty Polly in Ireland, or she may go to Singapore if we're invited."
The Elie Lellouche-trained Miss Lago showed a higher level of form than stablemate Andromeda Galaxy last season, albeit over further, while among those that have had a run already this season Haya Landa would certainly enter calculatuions on the best of her three-year-old form.