Simca Mille Back In Style

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Returning from a break having failed to make an impact in the G1 Japan Cup, Haras de la Perelle and Stephane Wattel's Simca Mille (Ire) (Tamayuz {GB}-Swertia {GB}, by Pivotal {GB}) again demonstrated his love of ParisLongchamp by winning Sunday's G2 Prix d'Harcourt. Impressive in the G2 Prix Niel here in September, having finished second to Onesto (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris over that same mile-and-a-half course and distance in July, the 7-1 shot was positioned close to the early pace by Alexis Pouchin dropping back in trip. In front at the top of the 2 1/2-furlong straight, he stayed on strongly as the G1 Prix Royal-Oak hero Iresine (Fr) (Manduro {Ger}) put up a spirited chase and had 3/4 of a length to spare at the line over that rival, who was giving away two pounds. Al Shaqab Racing's G2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano scorer and Arc fourth Al Hakeem (GB) (Siyouni {Fr}) was disappointing as the 4-5 favourite, beaten four lengths in fourth.

“I had hoped we could leave Japan behind us, but there was some concern,” trainer Stephane Wattel said. “I still don't have a clue what happened there-I believed he had a good chance, but he was beaten four out and I kept questioning myself as to whether or not I had done something wrong. He was training well for this return, but I didn't know if he still wanted to fight so he gave us the perfect answer. We were lucky to have good ground and a good pace and the shorter trip didn't prove a problem. He is good. Period. We will be back for the Ganay.”

Iresine's handler Jean-Pierre Gauvin is keen on a rematch in the course-and-distance feature in three weeks' time, which is set to feature the returning Vadeni (Fr) (Churchill {Ire}) and Luxembourg (Ire) (Camelot {GB}). “It was a great performance for a comeback, giving weight,” he said. “He runs superbly well at Longchamp, whatever the distance or the ground so if he is well he will return for the Ganay.”

Pedigree Notes
Simca Mille, who was also successful in Chantilly's G3 Prix du Lys last term, is the first foal out of Swertia, a daughter of The Aga Khan's G3 Prix de Conde, G3 Prix Penelope and G3 Prix Cleopatre-placed Sanjida (Ire) (Polish Precedent). Among Sanjida's half-siblings is the G1 Prix de Diane, G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and G1 Prix Saint-Alary-winning champion Sarafina (Fr) (Refuse To Bend {Ire}), who is in turn the dam of the G3 Prix d'Aumale scorer Savarin (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) and her G3 Prix Messidor-winning full-brother Geniale (Jpn). Swertia's 2-year-old filly by Invincible Spirit (Ire) is named Slawena (GB).

Sunday, ParisLongchamp, France
PRIX D'HARCOURT-G2, €130,000, ParisLongchamp, 4-9, 4yo/up, 10fT, 2:03.39, g/s.
1–SIMCA MILLE (IRE), 128, c, 4, by Tamayuz (GB)
     1st Dam: Swertia (GB), by Pivotal (GB)
     2nd Dam: Sanjida (Ire), by Polish Precedent
     3rd Dam: Sanariya (Ire), by Darshaan (GB)
(€68,000 RNA Ylg '20 ARQSEP). O-Haras de la Perelle & Stephane Wattel; B-Haras de la Perelle (IRE); T-Stephane Wattel; J-Alexis Pouchin. €74,100. Lifetime Record: 11-5-4-0, €368,160. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree, or Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Iresine (Fr), 130, g, 6, Manduro (Ger)–Inanga (GB), by Oasis Dream (GB). (€6,000 Ylg '18 ARQOCT). O-Bertrand Milliere, Ecurie Jean-Paul Gauvin, Christian Goutelle et al; B-P Joyaux & Bnne M-L Van Dedem (FR); T-Jean-Pierre Gauvin. €28,600.
3–Kertez (GB), 126, g, 5, Intello (Ger)–Distortion (GB), by Distorted Humor. O/B-Wertheimer et Frere (GB); T-Andre Fabre. €13,650.
Margins: 3/4, 1 1/4, 2. Odds: 7.30, 4.20, 13.00.
Also Ran: Al Hakeem (GB), Haya Zark (Fr), Alter Adler (Ger), Calgary (Fr). Video, sponsored by TVG.

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