Andre Fabre: trains unbeaten filly TasadayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Unbeaten Tasaday back in action for Godolphin
Preview: France, Sunday
Longchamp: Prix de la Grotte (Group 3) 1m, 3yo fillies
GODOLPHIN will be hoping to start their European campaign in suitably emphatic style as Tasaday puts her three-race unbeaten record on the line.
In a trial the recent history of which suggests second is nowhere with regards to the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, the daughter of Nayef has just four rivals to overcome.
Andre Fabre telescoped Tasaday's two-year-old career into three starts which covered just six weeks last autumn, culminating in a stylish success in Deauville's Group 3 Prix des Reservoirs over David Elsworth's Cocktail Queen.
Topaze Blanche represents the highest level of form on offer, having gone down by just a head to stablemate Silasol in the Prix Marcel Boussac on Arc Day, a race which has already been boosted this term by the third Alterite.
Punta Stella is the fascinating wildcard in the line-up, having raced entirely in Italy at two before being purchased by Katsumi Yoshida to be trained by Chantilly-based Satoshi Kobayashi.
Kenhope has had the benefit of a winning return to action, having been campaigned like a very good filly last term by Henri-Alex Pantall, while Dauphine Russe was fourth on her comeback in the Listed Prix Camarago.
What They Say
Carlos Laffon-Parias, trainer of Topaze Blanche
"She went out to grass to completely relax after a hard race in the Marcel Boussac. Since then she has done well, her work was good on Tuesday and she's ready for her comeback. She was bought with the hope of running in the Poule d'Essai and so this was always the race for her."
Henri-Alex Pantall, trainer of Kenhope
"I think she's come on a little from her last run albeit she's going up several steps in class but, she showed nice acceleration that day. I've always liked her, which is why she went straight up from winning her maiden to being second in a Group 3.
"After that she found it a bit hard going in the Group 1 where the ground was very heavy and finally, her in a Listed race at Fontainebleau, eveything that could went wrong."
Satoshi Kobayashi, trainer of Punta Stella
"She's been with me since the beginning of December. She works well in the mornings and has certainly shown me something, she's pleased me. It's the first time I've trained a horse at this level so it's pretty exciting.
"It's a good field so we'll have to see. It'll be great if she shows she's up to this level in France and if not, we'll look abroad. But for the moment everything's gone very well with her."