Flotilla produces a record-breaking performance in French 1000

Flotilla produced a record-breaking performance when getting up in the final strides to land the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) at Longchamp yesterday.

Flotilla produces a record-breaking performance in French 1000

Last season’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf winner came with a rattling run under Christophe Lemaire to collar the Andre Fabre-trained favourite Esoterique close home and oblige by a neck.

Trainer Mikel Delzangles’ decision to run Sage Melody as a pacemaker paid off as Flotilla set a record time for the mile showpiece.

The first two pulled four lengths clear of Tasaday in third, while Zurigha came from way off the pace to grab fourth for trainer Richard Hannon and jockey Richard Hughes.

The Ralph Beckett-trained Waterway Run was just behind the placed horses in sixth.

It was another boost for the Breeders’ Cup race, as Sky Lantern, who was eighth that day, won the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

“We had to make sure she had pace in the race because we wanted to make the race a properly run one. The pace was fast as they broke the course record for the race,” said Delzangles, who had faced a race against time to get his filly to the Classic.

“She needed time to come to herself after the winter.

“She has two options. We can try to go a bit further and run her in the Prix Diane or we stay at the same distance and go for the Coronation Stakes.

“We have plenty of time in which to decide that.”

The Poule d’Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas) went to Style Vendome, who was taking his winning run to five.

The Nicolas Clement-trained colt had won the Prix Djebel on his previous start and he continued his progress with a decisive, though narrow, triumph, and has the Prix du Jockey Club or St James’s Palace Stakes as potential options.

Style Vendome (9-2) responded to jockey Thierry Thulliez’s urgings to lead inside the final furlong and hang on by a neck from Dastarhon (50-1).

Intello (7-1) finished with a flourish on the outside to grab third place, just a head away, with the Aidan O’Brien-trained Gale Force Ten another head back in fourth and Hannon’s Havana Gold a close-up fifth in the hands of Jamie Spencer.

Hannon’s first string, Olympic Glory, was sent off favourite but could never get in a blow from his wide position and was towards the rear of the field for most of the mile contest.

British trainers were responsible for six of the nine runners in the Prix de Saint-Georges, but the raiders were out of luck as Philippe Sogorb’s Catcall (11-1) grabbed the sprinting spoils.

The four-year-old pipped the David O’Meara-trained Move In Time by a head. Place In My Heart was third for Clive Cox.

Fabre took three races on the card, highlighted by Tabelaux in the Group Two Prix Hocquart from Park Reel with O’Brien’s Festive Cheer a close third.

* Greatwood will clash with Telescope in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York on Thursday after being a last-minute withdrawal from Lingfield on Saturday.

Trainer Luca Cumani took the odds-on favourite out of the Betfred Derby Trial following heavy rain at the Surrey venue.

Greatwood is owned by Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, who are also responsible for the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Telescope.

However, both horses are owned by different syndicates and the plan is for the pair to put their Investec Derby claims on the line in the Group Two contest over an extended mile and a quarter on the Knavesmire.

“The plan is for Greatwood to go for the Dante. We don’t have any other options for him really so we need to see where he stands and see if he is good enough to take his place in the Derby,” said Highclere managing director Harry Herbert.

“Saturday was extremely frustrating for everybody, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles. It wasn’t his ground and Luca took him out in the best interests of the horse. There was no point risking him on that ground.

“He will join Telescope in the Dante on Thursday. The horses are in two different syndicates and there are two or three people who cross over into both syndicates.

“Everyone is going to want to know where they stand. We all want to run a horse in the Derby that should be running and there is the option for one or both.

“I hope one of the two wins the Dante and there is always the King Edward VII at the Royal meeting for the one that perhaps doesn’t fare as well.

“There is a month between the Dante and King Edward. The timing sits nicely on that front as well.

“We hope conditions will be right for both horses to run in the Dante and we will see where we stand. We’ve got to know, and everyone appreciates that.”

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