Adorable simply refuses to lose as Channon returns to capture Listed prize again
Polydream all class for Head in Prix du Palais-Royal
Prix Volterra (Listed) 3yo fillies | 1m (Moyenne Piste)
A return of this race to Longchamp after a sojourn in Deauville made no difference to Mick Channon as Adorable showed real fighting spirit to follow the stable's 2016 winner Czabo on to the roll of honour.
The daughter of Kodiac was twice headed but, despite Christophe Soumillon losing his reins inside the final half-furlong, she refused to surrender and edged out Style Presa by a short head.
"She was showing all the right signs at home and the form of her run at Nottingham was franked by the winner last night," said Channon.
"But we were drawn 16 of 17 at Nottingham and she had no chance. It was only her second run and she was very green. It was a big stepped up, but we won this race a couple of years ago with Czabo
"She's in the Coronation Stakes but would need a bit of dig in the ground. We knew the ground was decent in France and we’ve always thought a fair bit of her."
Prix du Palais-Royal (Group 3) 3yo+ | 7f (Nouvelle Piste)
Polydream made up for lost time with a fine tuirn of foot to dispose of a decent field, holding the late charge of the returning Inns Of Court to record her second Group 3 career success.
Having missed time at the beginning of the year Polydream returned to run down the field in the Emirates Poule d'Essai des Pouliches over a mile, but this test of speed was much more to her liking.
"She was my best two-year-old last year but she picked up a minor knee problem in the Prix Marcel Boussac that had to be operated on so she was late back," said trainer Freddy Head.
"The Prix Maurice de Gheest looks the right race for her because she has already won at Deauville and it looks ideal. We'll have to see if she runs again before that or goes straight there."
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