Prix de La Forêt
|Group 1, Chantilly 17:15
Class 1, 6f 211y
|Sunday 7th October 2018|
Freddy Head's Polydream catches the George Scott-trained James Garfield right on the line in the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville— Racing UK (@Racing_UK) August 5, 2018
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Prix Maurice de Gheest heroine Polydream is unlikely to run again before a tilt at the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp in October.
Freddy Head’s filly claimed the notable scalp of Laurens as a two-year-old before rounding off her juvenile campaign by finishing second to Nassau Stakes winner Wild Illusion in the Prix Marcel Boussac.
The daughter of Oasis Dream disappointed on her seasonal reappearance in the French 1000 Guineas, but bounced back to win a Group Three and saw off a host of British challengers to provide her trainer with a record seventh victory in last Sunday’s Group One.
Head said: “She has come out of the race very well. I am very happy with her.
“I think she is a very good filly, but I don’t think she will run again until the Prix de la Foret.
“I think that is a good target for her.”
Head has twice won the Prix de la Foret as a trainer with top-class fillies Goldikova (2010) and Moonlight Cloud (2013).
David Simcock is leaning towards dropping back down to seven furlongs with Lightning Spear before a trip to the Breeders’ Cup.
The seven-year-old has not raced over the trip since making his racecourse debut back in 2013, being campaigned at a mile save for one attempt at 10 furlongs in last year’s Coral-Eclipse.
Lightning Spear recently made his Group One breakthrough when winning the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood and he does have the option of the Prix du Moulin over a mile on September 9.
Simcock said: “He is good and has been ticking along nicely. He has got lots of options. He is in the Prix du Moulin, but the likelihood is he will go to the Foret.
“We will keep all options open. He won’t do the Foret and Champions Day for the QEII, so it could well be he does the Foret then the Breeders’ Cup.”
Simcock could have a second contender for the Foret in Teppal, who won the French 1000 Guineas earlier in the year but disappointed at Royal Ascot last time out.
The Newmarket trained added: “Teppal is good and is training well. I’m really pleased with her. Her bloods were wrong before, but she has recovered and is very well.
“She is also in the Foret, but is also in the Sun Chariot the day before. It is something we’ve still got to discuss which race she goes for.”
Qatar Prix De La Foret 2017 (Group 1)
€300,000 added, 3yo plus, 7f, Class 1
|Pos||Dr||D||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||(1)||Aclaim (IRE) 5/2f||Oisin Murphy
|2nd||(2)||¾||So Beloved 33/1||D Tudhope
|3rd||(3)||s.h||Karar 9/2||P C Boudot
|F H Graffard||5|
|4th||(4)||Dame Du Roi (IRE) 12/1||A Lemaitre
|Also Ran: Zelzal (FR) , Brando , Toscanini (IRE) , Zalamea (IRE) , Attendu (FR) , Realtra (IRE)|