Sunday, June 10, 2001
Chantilly, France, Sunday, June 10, 2001:
PRIX DE DIANE HERMES (G1)
110+ TIME AWAY
108+ MARE NOSTRUM
107+ SPRING OAK
105 CHOC ICE (GF 109 in 2000)
?+ LIGHT BALLET
TIME AWAY beat Relish The Thought, with Flight Of Fancy further behind, when landing the Musidora Stakes at York last month. Flight Of Fancy and Relish The Thought ran second and third in the Oaks at Epsom yesterday, and Time Away will be a popular choice here. Though this is a very open affair, with seven fillies within three pounds on Globeform ratings. All seven have been given a + by their rating, and selecting one from the septet is far from easy.
The impeccably bred AQUARELLISTE may be the answer. She has been quite impressive in her two starts to date. After winning her debut from some other well bred animals, she took the step up in class in her stride in the Listed Prix Melisande over ten furlongs at this course in May. Aquarelliste ran out a game 2 ˝ length winner from Sugar Mill, who had earlier performed to GF 100+. Aquarelliste is by Danehill and out of Agathe. Agathe is a half-sister to the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Arcangues. She ran second to East Of The Moon in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and third to the same filly in the Prix de Diane. This is one of the best families raced by the Wildensteins, and Aquarelliste looks good enough to land a Group One. She runs in one on only her third lifetime start.
NADIA, BALDWINA and MARE NOSTRUM are very closely matched. Baldwina is unbeaten and had Nadia 4 lengths behind her when winning the Prix Penelope in April. Nadia has since improved to take the Group One Prix Saint-Alary by a head from Mare Nostrum. CHOC ICE was 1 ˝ lengths behind in third that day, but is still looking for the level of form shown last year. She ran a good third to Amonita in the Prix Marcel Boussac on Arc day 2000.
ARHAAFF represents English classic form, as she was sixth to Ameerat in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 6. She improved again to be secoond in a Listed event over ten furlongs at Goodwood. First and third in that race, Foodbroker Fancy and Candice, did little for the form in the Oaks yesterday, but Arhaaff is a progressive sort. The Andre Fabre trained LIGHT BALLET won a newcomers’ race and is impossible to assess.
TIME AWAY – AQUARELLISTE – BALDWINA (NADIA)
POINT GIVEN WINS BELMONT
Preakness victor Point Given won his second American Triple Crown race when taking the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, New York, USA last night.
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