Dalwari sails home in Jockey Club trial
Report: France, Tuesday (2.20pm BST)
Chantilly: Prix de Guiche (Group 3) 1m1f, 3yo, colts
DALWARI (Jean-Claude Rouget/Christophe Lemaire) put a first dent in the otherwise flawless record of Andre Fabre-trained runners in trials for the Prix du Jockey Club, running out a comfortable winner from Mshawish.
Fabre's representitive did himself no favours by forfeiting ten lengths at the start but such was the early pace that Maxime Guyon was able to recover the ground before the five runner field had reached the Grandes Écuries (Great Stables).
Dalwari sat second behind Spiritjim and eased to the front with a furlong and a half to run as the race developed into the predictable sprint.
The Aga Khan's racing manager Georges Rimaud was more than satisfied with the performance.
"He ran well and confirmed what we were expecting after his debut," said Rimaud. "He found it a little less easy last time but it was obviously a good experience because he's shown good acceleration there."
Dalwari was third on his re-appearance behind the German-trained Superplex, for whom things didn't entirely go to plan in the Prix Greffulhe but is still rated a live Jockey Club contender by trainer Michael Figge.
It would be no surprise to see Dalwari reoppose his Longchamp conqueror on the first Sunday in June but the runner-up here, Mshawish, may not be asked to tackle the extra furlong and a half.
Having been held in a pocket until the furlong pole he appeared to stumble when angled out by Umberto Rispoli.
"As a step up to Group 3 it was a test and it was almost perfect," said trainer Mikel Delzangles. "It's too early to say about the Jockey Club but I'd say it's unlikely."
Mshawish was a length and three quarters away at the line, while Triple Threat was another length back in third.
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Chantilly: Prix Volterra (Listed) 1m, 3yo, fillies
ROUGET was back in the winner's enclosure half an hour later after Table Ronde had cantered to a third success in as many starts under Christophe Soumillon.
The race often acts as a springboard for the Group 2 Prix Sandringham on the Jockey Club undercard.
"The good pace suited her and, to see a horse accelerate like that at the end of her race, it's why we do this job," said Rouget. "There is the Sandringham, as long as that doesn't come a little soon for her, whereas she might not be tough enough for Ascot [Coronation Stakes]."
Suspicieuse emerged from the pursuing pack to claim an honorable second a length and a quarter behind Table Ronde, although the winner was eased down before the line.