Pointilliste team plan Ascot raid

Royal Ascot could come into the reckoning for Pointilliste, who created a good impression by dictating the pace in the Prix de Barbeville at Longchamp.

Royal Ascot could come into the reckoning for Pointilliste, who created a good impression by dictating the pace in the Prix de Barbeville at Longchamp.

Elie Lellouche and the Wildenstein Family used to have the top-class stayer Westerner, who won the Gold Cup when it was staged at York in 2005.

That same race could now be on the cards for Pointilliste after this pleasing triumph at Group Three level.

The trainer said: “He’s in the Gold Cup, but we will just have to see.

“He is six years old but has not raced much – he has had problems and setbacks - but that was easy.”

Ladbrokes World Hurdle fourth and aspiring stayer Kasbah Bliss was a bitter let-down, trailing home in last.

French star Vision D’Etat also has June’s Royal meeting on the agenda after landing the first European Group One of the season.

In collecting the Prix Ganay by a hard-fought three-quarters of a length from Loup Breton and German raider Adlerflug, Eric Libaud’s colt was adding to success in last year’s Prix du Jockey Club.

Although he lost his unbeaten record following a commendable fifth to Zarkava in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Vision D’Etat suffered another more surprising defeat on his return over course and distance three weeks earlier.

Thewayyouare, making his first appearance for Aidan O’Brien, ended up sharing most of the running with his pacemaker Red Rock Canyon, who appeared in no rush to carry out his duties.

Thewayyouare’s advantage lasted to the furlong marker before Vision D’Etat and Ioritz Mendizabal swept by and proved a touch too powerful for the cosmopolitan gathering.

O’Brien’s charge was making light of a 329-day absence and finished a respectable fourth, while a special mention is owed to Italian Derby holder Cima De Triomphe, who was doing all his best work at the end to take sixth on his debut for Luca Cumani.

Libaud, who trains well away from the traditional Parisian powerhouse stables, was cementing his position as a coming force in French racing.

“I think the horse is a lot stronger than he was last year and I’d like to stick at this trip (10-furlongs) for the moment,” he said.

“I think the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot is a possibility now, among other races.”

Lellouche nominated the Prix d’Ispahan as Loup Breton’s next likely port of call, while O’Brien was pleased with Thewayyouare.

“He seemed to enjoy the trip and this was a nice race to start him off in,” he said.

Cima De Triomphe could not add to the yard’s big Hong Kong success by Presvis this weekend but Cumani’s wife, Sara, reflected: “From my first impression, they went a ridiculous pace.”

There was an excuse for the other British runner, Sir Michael Stoute’s returning Tajaaweed, who showed up well for a long way but weakened to be last of eight.

“He’s a great big horse who needs to get his toe in, but the ground was a bit too quick out there,” reported jockey Richard Hills.

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