Starspangledbanner's Aristia Wins The Romanet

   There was no fairytale at Deauville on Sunday as Verry Elleegant (NZ) (Zed {NZ}) failed to fire on her European bow in the G1 Darley Prix Jean Romanet won from the front by Elizabeth "Bunny" Roberts's Aristia (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}). Aristia had found only Nashwa (GB) (Frankel {GB}) too strong in the G1 Nassau S. at Goodwood last time July 28 and that form saw to it that the Richard Hannon trainee traded at only 4-1 as Sean Levey sought to dictate to suit. Kept company by Rosscarbery (Ger)...

[ Read More ]
Ebaiyra Takes Up Munich Challenge

In The Aga Khan's centenary year, Ebaiyra (Distorted Humor) looks to provide another highlight in Sunday's G1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis - Bayerisches Zuchtrennen. Having enjoyed a confidence-boosting win in the Listed Prix de la Pepiniere at Chantilly July 12, last year's G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud runner-up is looking for a first success at the highest level at which she has been placed on three occasions. Intriguingly, the Francis-Henri Graffard-trained 5-year-old meets Gestut Park Wiedingen's July 3 G1 Deutsches Derby and June 6 G2 Union-Rennen hero Sammarco (Ire) (Camelot {GB}) and...

[ Read More ]
A Man Of His Time

When the gates open for the G1 Hong Kong Vase on Sunday, Ebaiyra (Distorted Humor) will be bidding to round off her trainer Alain de Royer Dupré's 49-year career with a 94th Group 1 win. Now pause. And read that sentence again.  Forty-nine years. Ninety-three Group 1 victories. Almost two per season. And a mind-boggling total of 320 wins at group level.  Royer Dupré's retirement from the training ranks brings the curtain down on a whole chapter of French and international racing history. It is quite fitting that his final...

[ Read More ]
Distorted Humor's Ebaiyra On Top at Saint-Cloud

His Highness The Aga Khan's 4-year-old filly Ebaiyra (Distorted Humor) made light of a seven-month absence to collar Raabihah (Sea the Stars {Ire}) by a neck in the May 2 G3 Prix Allez France Longines at ParisLongchamp on seasonal return and doubled up on that rival in Wednesday's G2 Prix Corrida at Saint-Cloud. Her sophomore campaign highlight reel also includes victories in the G2 Prix de Pomone and G3 Prix de Royaumont, as well as a sixth-place effort in last year's G1 Prix de Diane, and she claimed a fourth...

[ Read More ]
A Fascinating Clash in the Corrida

Wednesday's G2 Prix Corrida at Saint-Cloud sees two of France's leading older fillies and mares re-engage, with the 10 1/2-furlong staging post featuring a rematch between the G3 Prix Allez France one-two Ebaiyra (Distorted Humor) and Raabihah (Sea the Stars {Ire}). Just a neck separated The Aga Khan's homebred and the Shadwell contemporary in that ParisLongchamp encounter over a mile and a quarter May 2 and it could be close again with the winner showing surprising pace at a trip that was perhaps short of her best last term. Ebaiyra...

[ Read More ]

Never miss another story from the TDN

Click Here to sign up for a free subscription.