Leaupartie repays owner's faith in Group 3
Report: France, Saturday
Deauville: Prix de Psyche (Group 3) 1m2f, 3yo fillies
LEAUPARTIE (Fabrice Chappet/Gregory Benoist) proved herself an improving filly when denying the heavily backed Romantica.
Owner Gerard Augustin-Normand was belatedly recouping most of his €55,000 "stake" after Leaupartie had finished just out of the money when supplemented in the Prix de Diane last month.
Settled by Benoist in second behind the favourite's pacemaker Magic Motif, the daughter of Stormy River quickened well and was always holding Romantica and the patiently ridden Bugie D'Amore.
"She's won her Group 3 now and is progressing well, so I'll sit down and have a talk with her entourage before we decide what's next, but she has plenty of options," said Chappet.
The Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained Falls Of Lora failed to pick up in the straight having travelled kindly under Christophe Lemaire.
"We had a good trip with a decent pace and she seemed all set to deliver but she couldn't change gear," said Lemaire. "I think she's a good filly but there aren't really any excuses, it wasn't her day."
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Deauville: Prix Six Perfections (Listed) 7f, 2yo fillies
Following the success of Elusive Kate 12 months ago Discernable (Mark Johnston/Ioritz Mendizabal) made it two wins in just three runnings for the visitors in just three runnings of the race.
Ioritz Mendizabal: impressedPICTURE: Getty Images
Having made all to the turn, Discernable readily took a couple of lengths out of her rivals as they straightened up and was worth a shade more than her three-quarters-of-a-length advantage over favourite Khadima.
"The trainer told me just to get her to relax and I was able to set quite a slow pace in front," said Mendizabal.
"When I asked her to go she accelerated very quickly, which was impressive off such a slow pace."