Dettori was in Chantilly yesterday morning to ride Treve in her most serious piece of work to date as trainer Criquette Head-Maarek builds the daughter of Motivator up in preparation for her comeback in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp on April 27.
Head-Maarek asked Dettori to push some serious buttons for the first time this spring and Treve responded in brilliant fashion on the Les Aigles round gallop, putting serious daylight between herself and her galloping companions in a matter of strides.
Dettori said: “She’s mature and physically stronger. She’s also content and isn’t so hot at the start of her gallop, which means she’s got a better kick. If I say that she’s better than last year you’ll think I’m crazy.
If all goes well in the Ganay, British racegoers will get a first chance to see Treve in action in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Ascot.
A mouthwatering clash with Treve or a trip to Hong Kong are the two options under consideration for Cirrus Des Aigles.
The Corine Barande-Barbe-trained gelding showed he retains most if not all of his considerable talent when finishing second behind Japanese mare Gentildonna in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan last month.
Barande-Barbe has been delighted with her pride and joy and is now weighing up whether to tackle Treve in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp on April 27 or head to the Far East for the Queen Elizabeth II Cup.
“He is perfect since he returned back from Dubai – in cracking form,” said the trainer.
“We’ll probably make a decision next week.”
Meanwhile, runaway UAE Derby winner Toast Of New York has been supplemented for the Investec Derby at a cost of £8,000 with a potential run in the Kentucky Derby having been ruled out.
The American-bred three-year-old was taking a huge step up in class at Meydan following a couple of admittedly impressive victories at Wolverhampton, but he justified trainer Jamie Osborne’s faith with a scintillating display.
Osborne said: “The Kentucky Derby is definitely out and this morning we have supplemented him for the Derby at Epsom.
“There is nothing wrong with the horse, we are very satisfied with how he came back from Dubai.”
If Toast Of New York is to line up at Epsom on June 7, it seems unlikely he will make a racecourse appearance between now and then.
His trainer said: “Fitness-wise he doesn’t need a prep run. If he does go to Epsom I’m pretty sure he’ll go straight there.”
Rizeena will bypass this weekend’s Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury and head straight for the Qipco 1000 Guineas after delighting trainer Clive Brittain in a workout yesterday.
The daughter of Iffraaj is among the market principals for the Newmarket Classic on May 4 having struck four times as a juvenile, registering victories in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.
She has not run since being narrowly held by the ill-fated Chriselliam in the Fillies’ Mile at the end of September, but after a strong exercise this morning, Brittain is confident she does not need a prep race for her Classic bid.
He said: “She worked really well this morning. I couldn’t be happier with her at this stage.
“We’ll just keep her sweet and sharp and the next time she goes for a gallop she’ll be galloping for money in the Guineas.”
Maarek will aim for back-to-back victories in the Woodlands Stakes at Naas in three weeks’ time before running at the Dante meeting at York in May.
Trainer Evanna McCutcheon felt the ground was to blame for his disappointing seasonal debut on Saturday, when seventh of 10 runners in a six-furlong Listed race at Cork.
The Prix de l’Abbaye winner will now take in the Listed sprint at Naas on April 28 before he is sent to Britian to contest the Duke of York Stakes, in which Maarek finished fifth to Society Rock last season, on May 14.
McCutcheon said: “He needed the run, that is for sure.
“It was always going to be stiff ask at Cork on that holding ground and with that penalty, but he’s come out of it grand.
“We’ll go to Naas now and York is still very much the plan.”