Deauville – Shalaa impresses again
Shalaa had already established a reputation as one of the best juvenile colts around when winning Group 2 races at Newmarket and Glorious Goodwood, and he took the step up a grade in his stride in the Prix Morny.
John Gosden’s horse had little trouble getting through the soft ground in the hands of Frankie Dettori as he beat the fellow Al Shaqab Racing-owned Gutaifan, who is trained by Richard Hannon, by a length-and-three-quarters.
Karl Burke’s Odeliz produced a game front-running performance to win the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet over 10 furlongs.
Odeliz won a Group 3 at Hamburg on her penultimate start and was fourth in the Group 1 Prix Rothschild over a mile earlier this month at Deauville.
She finished a place behind Bawina on that occasion, but turned the tables here as Adrie de Vries delivered a well-executed front-running ride to win by a neck, with Avenir Certain three-quarters of a length back in third.
Fellow British challengers Ribbons, who won the race last year, Madame Chiang and Persona Grata failed to land a blow.
Mark Johnston was denied victory in the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay by one of his former horses as Oriental Fox was beaten two-and-a-half lengths by Alex My Boy.
The winner finished eighth in the St Leger last season when trained by Johnston, but is now in the care of German trainer Andreas Wohler and he stayed on stoutly up the straight to beat Royal Ascot winner Oriental Fox.
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