Sarafina finds the silver lining at Saint-Cloud
Tuesday 24 May 2011
As though goaded by the example of Goldikova, who had registered a 13th Group One success on the other side of Paris the previous afternoon, Sarafina yesterday showed that she may also be maturing into a formidable force on Europe's elite stage with an impressive performance in a Group Two race at Saint-Cloud. Unlucky in running when third to Workforce in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe last season, Sarafina is now 10-1 from 12-1 with Ladbrokes to make amends this autumn. Trained for the Aga Khan by Alain de Royer-Dupre, Sarafina had shaped well on her reappearance and this time smoothly disposed of Announce, a well regarded filly in the care of Andre Fabre. She will now return to the top grade, with the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud among her options.
Fabre, incidentally, is sending Pour Moi on reconnaissance to Epsom on Thursday, with the Investec Derby in mind. On the same afternoon, the American ace, Mike Smith, will be the big draw at Folkestone as he test-drives a potential Royal Ascot juvenile for Wesley Ward. Smith was due to take five mounts at Lingfield today but was obliged to surrender them yesterday when becoming tangled up in red tape. The UK Border Agency contacted Smith to advise him that he would be breaking the terms of his visa.
As for Goldikova, Freddie Head indicated that she is almost certain to meet Canford Cliffs in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot next month.
Isabel Tompsett, the amateur rider, remains in a "serious but stable" condition in a neurological unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital after a hurdles fall at Fakenham on Sunday.
Borderlescott, the popular veteran sprinter, is to undergo X-rays today on a swollen hindleg after appearing to be hit by debris from another runner's tack in a bizarre mishap at Haydock on Saturday.
* Chris McGrath's Nap
Kepler's Law (4.50 Chepstow)
Familiar profile for his trainer, given time to mature since acquiring a rating, gelded, and now raised in trip.
* Next best
Mnarani (5.30 Lingfield)
Promising start for his new stable last time, and beaten only two necks off a 19lbs higher mark here last year.
* One to watch
Mundana (Luca Cumani) was well backed for her debut at Goodwood last week but proved too green, organising herself just too late.
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
Latest in Sport
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more
Germany vs Argentina World Cup final 2014: Five reasons why Argentina will win the World Cup
Thomas Vermaelen to Manchester United: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thwarting Louis van Gaal over transfer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 final preview: German team ethic tests Lionel Messi's ability to meet the challenge
World Cup 2014: Robin van Persie appears to give his bronze medal to eccentric Netherlands fan moments after being handed it by Sepp Blatter
- 1 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 2 Comfortable in their own skin
- 3 Japanese plant experts produce 10,000 lettuce heads a day in LED-lit indoor farm
- 4 War is war: Why I stand with Israel
- 5 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
£70000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Information Security Manager (ISO 27001, A...
£30000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (...
£60000 - £80000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Integration...
£75000 - £85000 per annum + ex bens: Deerfoot IT Resources Limited: Biztalk Te...