A pair of exciting performers claimed G2 successes on a great afternoon for Galileo at Chantilly on Sunday.
First up was three-year-old Mission Impassible (3f Galileo-Margot Did, by Exceed And Excel), a top-notch juvenile last season, who returned to her best to win the G2 Prix de Sandringham for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget (pictured).
“I wouldn’t usually run a filly in the Sandringham only three weeks after the Poule d’Essai, but she didn’t really have a race there, having been blocked for the last 200 metres,” said Rouget. “I think the decent rhythm of the race was important to her today. The G1 Prix de Diane and Royal Ascot will come too quick, so she will be prepared for Deauville or perhaps go to Britain, where there is a good programme for fillies.
“She had a chaotic start to this season but, for me, she was the best two-year-old trained in France in 2017.”
Four-year-old Waldgeist (4c Galileo-Waldlerche, by Monsun), a G1 winner at two, put in a hugely-impressive effort to win the G2 Grand Prix de Chantilly under Pierre-Charles Boudot.
Trained by Andre Fabre and racing in Gestut Ammerland’s colours, the Galileo colt drew clear in the final furlong to win by three lengths.
“He ran very well last time and that what was great today,” said Boudot. “He showed that he’d strengthened since last year and is only getting better. He accelerated well today and the G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud is the logical next step.
“He showed that he is very good and I ride him every morning so it gives me huge pleasure. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t carry on progressing.”
More Coolmore Success
Lightly-raced Pollara (3f Camelot-Brooklyn’s Storm, by Storm Cat) added another big-race success for Camelot’s fabulous first crop when landing the G3 Prix de Royaumont at Chantilly on Sunday.
A winner at Saint-Cloud on her debut in April, she hit the front of this 1m 4f event in the final furlong and went on to win by a length and a quarter.
Trainer Francis Graffard holds Pollara, a 180,000gns yearling, in high regard and is considering a tilt at the G1 Irish Oaks.
“I’m very happy with that,” said Graffard. “I was a bit worried in the final stages because she didn’t have a clear run through. It’s an important win as she has a nice pedigree.
“She confirmed the quality she’d shown on her first two runs and she could now go for the G2 Prix de Malleret on July 1. Another possibility is for us to supplement her the G1 Irish Oaks at the Curragh on July 21.”
Jockey Frankie Dettori treated racegoers to one of his trademark flying dismounts after gutsy Zoffany mare Wilamina (5m Zoffany-Tropical Lake, by Lomond) romped to victory in the G3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom on Derby day.
The official winning distance of three-quarters of a length masked the ease with which the Martyn Meade-trained mare won as the 7/2 joint-favourite was always travelling sweetly for her jockey and put three to four lengths between her and field when asked for her effort two furlongs from home.
Runner-up Anna Nerium made late headway in the final furlong but Wilamina was always going to hold on and there was a further length and three-quarters back to Shenanigans (the other 7/2 joint-favourite) in third
A delighted Meade, who only recently moved to Manton from Newmarket, said: “She has just been knocking on the door all the time. It was disappointing in her last run in the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes – she put in a fantastic time at Newmarket and was still second [to Wuheida], but now it has all come good.
“I am so thrilled for her she is such a trier, she was in her element, she seemed to love the whole thing today. She is a lovely filly. She knew it was the time she had to get her head in front – and she did it.
“We’ll give her a time and see if she is good enough to step up to a Group 2, or maybe find a Group 1 in France later in the year. She is easy to get fit.”
Dettori was also full of praise for Wilamina, who was bred by John Boden and Willie Kane, after the race.
“I was drawn eight and I was worried but I got a good pitch,” said the jockey. “Some horses handle the track and she went round Tattenham Corner like it was flat. When I asked her to quicken, she quickened really well and it was never in doubt. She won really well.
“She’s a gentle ride and did everything I asked of her. I didn’t really have to ask too much of her. She’s certainly up to Group 2 level – she’s got a good temperament and a big heart. Hopefully she’s on an upward curve.”