Shutter Speed aims to land Prix de Diane for Britain
By Craig Jones for Knightsbridge Bloodstock
This weekend the Prix de Diane takes center stage at Chantilly on Sunday. The French Classic, over 1m2f is often targeted by British trainers and this year’s renewal is no different. John Gosden sends the highly promising Shutter Speed to the race after deciding to swerve the English Oaks with her as he wanted her to stay at 10 furlongs.
Shutter Speed was very short in the betting for the Oaks and on all known form she would more than likely have won the race. The impressive winner Enable was beaten comprehensively by Shutter Speed earlier this season at Newbury. Since then, Shutter Speed has landed the Musidora Stakes at York, a Group 3 over today’s distance of 1m2f. She won comfortably that day, despite the ground being against her and that should bring her on even further, she has only had three runs after all.
Shutter Speed is by Dansili and out of a mare called Photographic, should she win this weekend then I am sure interest in Photographic will rise. It would also be a huge scalp for the Juddmonte Farm, who will add a classic winning mare to their breeding barn when the time is right to retire her. She would likely be covered by Frankel first, also at the farm, and what an exciting prospect that would be, regardless of whether she wins this weekend or doesn’t.
Elsewhere in the race, Rhododendron runs for Aidan O’Brien after coming second in two English classics so far this season. She struggled for pace in the 1000 Guineas over 1m, before being outstayed in the English Oaks over 1m4f. The trip this weekend of 1m2f looks sure to suit her and if she isn’t feeling the effects of two big runs in quick succession then she looks to have a chance of lowering the colours of Shutter Speed. You can never discount the Aidan O’Brien team and the fact he has chosen her for this race is a sign that she is raring to go at home.
The French challenge will be led by Terrakova, an exciting prospect who is still unbeaten. She has run twice, winning a maiden last year before going on to win a Group 3 race on her reappearance this season. She has a beautiful pedigree, she is by Galileo and out of the wonderful mare Goldikova. Whatever she does this weekend she is still improving and if she goes on to be half as good as Goldikova, her trainer is going to have a lot of success with her.
The Prix de Diane always throws up an exciting race and this year’s renewal is no different. Not only is the race important to win now, it is also a hugely important race to win as a breeder. The Juddmonte Farm would love nothing more than to add another classic winning mare to their already exciting breeding barn, to produce some stars of the future.
Craig Jones writes for Knightsbridge Bloodstock
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