Silasol (farside) made all to hold on for a tight win under Olivier PeslierPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
No show from visitors as gutsy Silasol makes all
Report: France, Sunday
Longchamp: Total Prix Marcel Boussac (Group 1) 1m, turf, 2yo fillies
A STRONG-looking trio from Britain and Ireland failed to leave an impression in the Prix Marcel Boussac as Silasol (Carlos Laffon-Parias/Olivier Peslier) led home a clean sweep for the home team as her trainer landed a notable one-two.
As a daughter of the recently departed German stallion Monsun, Silasol's pedigree suggested testing conditions would see her in a good light and so it proved as the Wertheimers' filly made all before holding off her stablemate, Frankie Dettori's mount Topaze Blanche, for a gutsy victory in a close finish.
"It was a great result," said Laffon-Parias. "She has shown a lot of ability at home in the morning so we went here."
Peslier added: "Today with the fresh ground next to the rail I thought I'd be better off making the running.
"She's progressing and her trainer is in great form, he's having a great year. When the other filly came to her just kept fighting and she's very tough. The ground was a big help to her."
The British-trained pair Agent Allison and Purr Along (reportedly in season) and Ireland's My Special J's filled the last three places in a nine-runner race for France's most prestigious race for juvenile fillies, won last year by Elusive Kate for John Gosden.
Silasol, who broke her maiden over course and distance a month ago, was returned a 10-1 shot with British bookmakers (bigger on pari-mutuel), with the runner-up at 12-1. Third place was taken by Alterite at 7-1.
There were a couple of hard-luck stories behind in a messy race, notably Flotilla who was locked up before getting up for fourth ahead of the favourite Peace Burg. He, too, was short of room for a stride or two but cannot really be regarded as unfortunate here as others finished much better even once he got in the clear.
Although Purr Along did little to advertise Certify's form, her disappointed connections offered a legitimate excuse after the filly was never seen with any sort of chance.
"She's come back very badly in season," said trainer William Muir. "You've only got to look at her walking round with her tail up, and she was edgy in the stalls, which is another sign. She was bucking and kicking yesterday, and there was no warning, but that's what can happen.
"We live to fight another day. She's a very good filly and she'll be there for the Guineas. She won't run again this season."
Martin Dwyer added: "She's come into season. She played up going into the gates and stumbled coming out of them, losing a (front) shoe. That's not her at all."
Ballydoyle's Magical Dream was a non-runner.