Piana looks to extend unbeaten record
Preview: France, Wednesday ( 1.05pm BST)
Saint-Cloud: Prix Cleopatre (Group 3) 1m2½f, 3yo fillies
A PRIX DE DIANE trial in which only four of the eight runners hold the Classic engagement, this is nevertheless a good chance for a filly to put herself in the frame for Chantilly.
Piana (Yan Durepaire/Christophe Soumillon) made a fair impression over course and distance on what was only her second start and carries the only unbeaten record on show.
“She's a filly I always thought quite a bit of and she's improved with each race so this will be a good test to see where we go next,” said Durepaire.
The Chantilly native has been no stranger to Group race success in the capital since relocating from his previous base in Spain to La Teste near Bordeaux two years ago, notably with Vagabond Shoes.
“She's won on soft but she's adaptable and from what I've seen in the mornings I don't think better ground will be a problem," he said.
Another interesting candidate on a good run of form from the provinces is Santa Ponsa (Frederic Rossi/Franck Blondel), who dominated the finish of a Toulouse Listed race over this trip to complete a hat-trick.
Rossi has supplemented her on the basis of that performance, and could consider a further late entry for the Diane if Santa Ponsa continues her winning ways.
“I looked at the race and thought, she's in good form so why not have a go” said Rossi. “She was a little backward which is why she hasn't any classic entries but depending on what happen's in this race we might supplement her.”
Baltic Baroness (Andre Fabre/Maxime Guyon) looked set open her Pattern race account in the Prix Penelope before Ferevia swept past.
Eluthera (Philippe Demercastel/Eddie Hardouin) finished fourth that day while Childa (Stephane Wattel/Christophe Lemaire) was slightly disappointing in sixth.
Ferevia was a surprise winner of the Penelope and it must be admitted that she did little to boost the form when finishing fifth against the colts in Sunday's Prix Hocquart.