Group 1-placed Pearls Galore Headed to Foret


Paddy Twomey, the trainer of Pearls Galore | Tattersalls

The progressive Pearls Galore (Fr) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), who was denied by an neck in the G1 Matron S. at Leopardstown on Saturday, is being aimed at the G1 Prix de la Foret on Oct. 3. The Haras de Saint-Pair homebred claimed the G3 Brownstown S. in July and the Aug. 26 G3 Fairy Bridge S. in August, prior to her near miss on Sept. 11.

Trainer Paddy Twomey said, “I'd say the plan is to go for the Foret in France, as long as the ground isn't too soft. Her owners are French-based, and they might like to see her in Paris.

La Petite Coco (Ire) (Ruler Of The World {Ire}), meanwhile, will most likely be seen next in the G1 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares S. at Ascot in mid-October. A 5 1/2-length winner of the G3 Give Thanks S. in August, the Team Valor filly beat multiple Group 1 winner Love (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) by a short head in the G2 Blandford S. on Sept. 12.

“She seems in great form and has come out of the race very well,” the trainer said. “She's a filly that has progressed all year, so it was great to continue on an upward trajectory. Ascot has been the plan from the middle of the season onwards, and that very much remains the case. If the ground came up soft, it would inconvenience other horses more than her.”

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