Shamkala returns to the winner's enclosure after the 1m2f fillies' race
Classic clues on and off track at Longchamp
Report: France, Thursday
IT PAID to arrive early at Longchamp on Thursday, with Classic clues aplenty to be gleaned from a card with no Pattern races but plenty of quality on show.
The first may have come before racing started when Olivier Peslier partnered Bawina in a gallop, with a view to being supplemented for the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches by her owners, Alain and Gerard Wertheimer.
Bawina made a big impression when streaking to a five-length success at Saint-Cloud last month, after which trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias was extremely enthusiastic about the daughter of Dubawi.
“She still lacked a little bit of professionalism last time but she has done a very nice piece of work today,” said Peslier.
On the subject of whether Bawina will be added to the field for the Pouliches at a cost of €32,400, racing manager Pierre-Yves Bureau said: “If you come here to gallop you are obviously keeping open the possibility of running in the Poule d'Essai. We will take our time with Carlos to think about it over the next week before making a decision.”
Christophe Soumillon certainly made the most of the early start, partnering Shamkala (Alain de Royer-Dupre) and Gonna Run (Jean-Claude Rouget) to impressive wins in the opening two conditions races over 1m2f.
The Aga Khan's Shamkala made it two from two, scooting clear of her rivals before being eased down in the manner of a smart filly.
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Soumillon said: “She showed on her debut last year that she is a good filly and today I think we saw that she is capable of going on to a very high level.”
Both Shamkala and third-placed Sinnamary hold entries for the Investec Oaks and are bred to appreciate the extra two furlongs, although Royer-Dupre indicated he may aim her at the Prix Saint-Alary next, which would be a logical stepping stone for the Prix de Diane-Longines.
Half an hour earlier Gonna Run may not have afforded Soumillon the luxury of such a long look over his shoulder but his length and three-quarter defeat of No Mood (a half brother to last year's Prix du Jockey Club winner Intello) left his trainer in little doubt as to the future.
“It was his first time at Longchamp but he had already made a big impression on his debut [on the Chantilly all-weather] and he has won in a canter today,” said Rouget. “He's a very good horse and he will go straight to the Jockey Club.”
If all that wasn't enough in terms of pointers to the future, Mikel Delzangles gave his Qipco 2,000 Guineas hopeful Bookrunner a couple of spins around the paddock.
The son of Tiznow has only raced twice and Delzangles has used a similar tactic in the past in order to give his less experienced charges an extra taste of the raceday atmosphere.