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Anabaa's Style Vendome Prevails in Poulains Thriller
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15.08 at LCPG1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains (Le Parisien)  [1m (T)]Winner: Style Vendome (Fr), c, 3 by Anabaa

Described by Nicolas Clement as the "perfect racehorse" and better than his best milers of recent times, Style Vendome (Fr) (Anabaa) lived up to the trainer’s expectations yesterday with a hard-fought success in a typically pulsating outcome to Longchamp’s G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains. Having taken a key prep in Maisons-Laffitte’s G3 Prix Djebel over seven furlongs last time Apr. 4, Andre de Ganay’s grey had a low beneficial draw and was able to enjoy a dream trip round the rail behind the leading quartet under Thierry Thulliez. Working his way to the front with 150 yards remaining, the third favorite who paid almost 6-1 on the tote, grittily held his own as the inevitable closers arrived on the scene, headed by the neck runner-up Dastarhon (Ire) (Dansili {GB}) and the eye-catching third Intello (Ger) (Galileo {Ire}). "I am delighted, as this is my first Classic after a wait of 25 years training and you can imagine how happy I am," Clement said. "The owners have been with me all the way and it is a dream now that it is done."
 
 
Sunday, Longchamp, France
POULE D’ESSAI DES POULAINS (LE PARISIEN)-G1, €550,000, Longchamp, 5-12, 3yo, c, 1mT, 1:34.68, gd.
1--STYLE VENDOME (FR), 128, c, 3, by Anabaa
1st Dam: Place Vendome (Fr) (MSP-Fr), by Dr Fong
2nd Dam: Mediaeval (Fr), by Medaaly (GB)
3rd Dam: Domino Queen (Ire), by Primo Dominie (GB)
(€92,000 yrl ‘11 ARQAUG). O-Comte Andre de Ganay & Christian-Bernard Baillet; B-Guy Pariente; T-Nicolas Clement; J-Thierry Thulliez; €314,270. Lifetime Record: 6 starts, 5 wins, 1 place, €430,270. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Dastarhon (Ire), 128, c, 3, Dansili (GB)--Top Toss (Ire), by Linamix (Fr). (€100,000 yrl ‘11 ARQAUG). O-Avaz Ismoilov; B-Ecurie Skymarc Farm; T-Pia Brandt; €125,730.
3--Intello (Ger), 128, c, 3, Galileo (Ire)--Impressionnante (GB), by Danehill. O/B-Wertheimer & Frere; T-Andre Fabre; €62,865.
Margins: NK, HD, HD. Odds: 5.80, 40.00, 8.00.
Also Ran: Gale Force Ten (GB), Havana Gold (Ire), Morandi (Fr), Anodin (Ire), Gengis (Fr), Flying the Flag (Ire), Bright Strike, Olympic Glory (Ire), Princedargent (Fr), Lion d’Anvers (Fr), Pearl Flute (Ire), My Approach (Ire), Etalondes (Fr), Us Law (Ire), Penny’s Picnic (Ire).  Click for the Racing Post chart or brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree. EQUIDIA VIDEO.
 
Starting out in the Listed Prix Yacowlef at Deauville in June, Style Vendome ran second to the subsequent group scorer Pearl Flute (Ire) (Piccolo {GB}) in that five-furlong anomaly for debutantes before getting his winning streak underway over slightly further at Dieppe the following month. Despite a solid effort on his first attempt at black-type in the Listed Prix Francois Boutin over seven back at Deauville in August, that win was essentially gifted to him after the saddle slipped on the certain winner Havana Gold (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) near the line and he was not seen again in 2012. Reappearing in the Listed Prix Montenica over 6 1/2 furlongs on the Polytrack at Chantilly Mar. 14, he followed a smooth success there with an equally fluent career-best in the Djebel and his straightforward trajectory continued when handed an ideal post in three for this contest, which is often decided on the Friday when the draw is made. Able to draft and save ground while the placed horses were forced to put in extra effort to join the early chase, Style Vendome wasted little precious energy before being eased off the fence at the end of the final turn. As he had his first clear shot at the lead in midstretch, Dastarhon was looking for room in behind and Intello was being driven by Maxime Guyon to extricate himself from the rear and deliver a wide rally. It was the winner’s old rival Havana Gold who posed the more immediate threat, as he arrived on the front end from a seemingly impossible early position, but his effort was short-lived and Style Vendome’s more conventional passage proved crucial. Asserting close home, he was safely clear of the type of blanket that is often seen in this Classic, and which included the wide-drawn Intello, whose finishing burst from five lengths in arrears marked him as a colt with considerable prowess. Unlike that previously unbeaten performer, the 4-1 favorite Olympic Glory (Ire) (Choisir {Aus}) never looked like making his presence felt at any stage from his unfavorable post position and his labors through the race resulted in a disappointing 11th placing.
 
"He’s a really nice horse and happily, I made the right decision to run here rather than Newmarket," Nicolas Clement added of the winner. "His record is perfect apart from his first run and he had a good draw and a good run through the race. It is definitely now either the G1 Prix du Jockey Club [at Chantilly June 2] or G1 St James’s Palace S. [at Royal Ascot June 18]."
 
Dastarhon’s trainer Pia Brandt was understandably delighted with the advertising of her small yard by the runner-up. "I couldn’t be more happy," she said. "He is still lightly raced and he proved his quality today. The jockey told me that halfway down the straight, he had the choice to go inside or out and he thinks if he had gone out he might have won. I’m happy enough anyway and hopefully now he will run in the G1 Prix Jean Prat [at Chantilly June 30]."
 
Intello is heading to the Prix du Jockey Club after his commendable run. The Wertheimers’ Racing Manager Pierre-Yves Bureau said, "That was a horrific race. He had a bad draw, a bad trip, lost a shoe and was struck into behind, but still managed to finish very nicely. We’ll see how he is, but if he is well I would imagine it will be the Prix du Jockey Club."
 
Richard Hughes said of Olympic Glory, "I was never traveling and always struggling going downhill on the fast ground."

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