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The Prix de Diane Longines: proves a deserving winner

Chantilly,theracetracksynonymouswiththeCondéprinces,stageditsannualhighlight,thePrixdeDianeLongines, lastSunday.Theconditionswereconducivetoproducinggreatperformances:atrackinperfectconditionandground, whichalthoughofficiallyridinggoodtosoft,or3.3onthepenetrometerscale,wasinfactridingalotquicker.

Prix de Diane Longines On paper there were no real standout candidates among 2’03’’77 race record of Trêve (). However, the thirteen runners which lined up for the Prix de Diane you need to take into account that the conditions were Longines, as a case could be made for up to ten of the riding faster in 2013 and the latter, too, was no ordinary runners…As the gates opened, Luminate () set filly! Considering the ground factor last Sunday, a good a good gallop – covering the first 1,500m in 1”30”05 final time would have been in the region of 2’05’’50. lll which is a very good time. The pacesetter weakened 400m from the wire at which point Laurens (Siyouni) took over. She won by a neck in a final time of 2’06’’11. By Bruno Barbereau, editorialist at Jour de This is a standard time taking into account the ground but Galop and animator of Chrono it’s not exceptional. It’s, of course, far removed from the https://twitter.com/HorseRacingChro

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lll The Prix de Diane Longines: Laurens proves a deserving winner

Racing can be divided into two key phases and, in the first instance, the point at which a horse reaches the final 400m; but, in the second instance, only the very good horses are able to quicken again after that. In last Sunday’s classic eight fillies were battling it out practically upsides going to the final 400m The ability of Laurens to get her head in front at the wire is down to sheer courage, but she lacks the turn of foot of the very best. She covered the final 600m and 400m in 36” and 23”65 respec - tively as the filly maintained the same momentum. A very tough and deserving filly, she won her third Gr1 race: two of which have involved long journeys. The lack of a telling turn of foot currently prevents Laurens from joining the pantheon of the ‘greats’. Longines Musis Amica (Dawn Approach) created the best Wusool K (Speightstown) had a dream trip after sitting impression. Still with plenty to do at the entrance of the handily behind the leader in second before going on the straight, having been scrubbed along from the opening of offensive in the final 400m. After quickening three and a the gates, she was over seven lengths off the pace. half lengths clear, the colt stopped the clock in 1’35’’35: However, she was the fastest finisher in the final 600m within a ‘whisker’ of the record of Turtle Bowl (1’35’’30) (35”00) and 400m (23”22) of the race. in 2005. The latter was trained by François Rohaut who Very laid back, she should appreciate a further step-up in incidentally also handles Wusool. Winning for the fourth trip, even if the 2.100m distance of the ‘Diane’ had time in five career starts, Wusool was enjoying his first appeared ideal. She also was the fastest finisher in the Group success. The Prix Jean Prat looks the next logical critical stages of the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches. step for the winner.

1,500m 1,700m 2,100m L600m L400m Nocturnal Fox: a good prospect over 2,400m. The Reference F3 91,2 103 126,5 35,3 23,5 Prix Hocquart Longines (Gr2) unearthed a few interesting Diane 2018 90,05 102,46 126,11 36,06 23,65 2,400m types. Pharrell (Manduro) set a good gallop as Laurens 90,12 102,46 126,11 35,99 23,65 Nocturnal Fox (Farhh) played his cards early and notably Musis Amica 91,17 102,96 126,18 35,01 23,22 at the beginning of the straight. He won by a neck in a Reference F3: reference time for three-year-old fillies rated 50 and above standard time of 2’29’’51. It’s a far cry from the 2’28’’03 L = last. achieved by Flintshire (Dansili) in the 2013 edition of the . Taking into account all the parameters associated with However, it remains a good reference point for a three- the ‘time’ factors, lends us to conclude that this was a year-old over this trip in the early summer period at good edition of the fillies’ classic, but not an exceptional Chantilly. His fractions for the final 600m (35”50) are one. We are also still seeking a clear leader among the certainly well up to . The placegetters, Al three-year-old generation. Malhouf (Dutch Art), who didn’t have the happiest of times in the final 400m, and Hush Writer (Rulership), Wusool: a touch of class. The Prix Paul de Moussac tackling Gr2 grade on his third career start, should also Longines (Gr3) was the scene of the afternoon’s classiest develop into useful sorts over this distance. The performance. Glendevon (Scat Daddy) set a decent Grand Prix de Paris appears to be the next tempo after covering the initial 1,200m in 71’’91. logical step.