Silverwave hits the line first in the Grand Prix de Saint-CloudPICTURE: ScoopDyga
Silverwave grabs Group 1 gold for Bary and Guyon
Report: France, Sunday
Saint-Cloud: Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Group 1) 1m4f, 4yo+
SILVERWAVE bagged his first Group 1 when springing a minor surprise to win the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud under an astute ride from jockey Maxime Guyon.
In a messy race, the Pascal Bary-trained Silverwave was always well placed not far off the pace and ultimately ran out a decisive winner at 14-1.
Erupt stayed on strongly to come home in second, while Siljan's Saga just grabbed third in a blanket finish for the places.
The big disappointment of the race was hot favourite Vazirabad, who had established himself as a star stayer and won his last seven starts but failed to prove as effective over this shorter trip.
British raiders Eagle Top and Dylan Mouth, trained by John Gosden and Marco Botti respectively, failed to run up to their best and came home towards the rear.
The well-fancied One Foot In Heaven notably suffered with bad luck in running but Silverwave enjoyed a clear passage under Guyon, whose sensible ride impressed Bary.
"I was a little bit worried about the step up in trip, but he had a dream run through the race and Maxime gave him a great ride," the trainer said. "He has run very well in the Ganay and the d'Ispahan this year and he deserved that."
Silverwave was only tenth behind Golden Horn in last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe but he has been introduced into the market for this year's race at 33-1 by Paddy Power.
Compliment for A Shin Hikari
Japanese star A Shin Hikari may have been an expensive flop at Royal Ascot, failing to beat a rival home in the Prince of Wales's Stakes having been sent off as the 8-13 favourite, but he had slammed Silverwave by nearly 12 lengths in the Prix d'Ispahan.
Silverwave, who finished second in the Prix Ganay before the d'Ispahan, may not have been at his best that day but this authoritative success still reflects well on A Shin Hikari, who looked in a different league at Chantilly.