Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp
Group 1, ParisLongchamp 16:30
€350,000 added,
2yo plus,
Class 1, 4f 213y    
Sunday 6th October 2019

1 Glass Slippers 128/10
2 So Perfect 27/1
3 El Astronaute 84/1
16 ran Distances: 3l, nk, shd
Time: 58.04s (slow by 1.24s)

So impressive when landing this race two years ago, the Charlie Hills-trained Battaash was the odds-on market leader to regain his crown off the back of what was arguably a career-best performance in the Nunthorpe at York in August.

But his trademark lightning speed was missing from an early stage as he floundered in the testing conditions – and he dropped back quickly through the field late on.

Glass Slippers was stepping up to Group One level for the first time after landing a Listed prize at Deauville and a Group Three over this course and distance on her last two starts.

The 20-1 shot was smartly away in the hands of Tom Eaves and never looked back after taking over the lead from fellow Yorkshire raider El Astronaute – bounding clear to claim an emphatic victory.

Aidan O’Brien’s So Perfect was second, with El Astronaute third, James Tate’s Invincible Army fourth and last year’s winner Mabs Cross fifth for Michael Dods.

Eaves said: “We came here with a question mark over the ground, but we know she likes her travelling and she gave me a great feel all through the race.”

Shropshire-based owner Terry Holdcroft said: “She’s been here (France) four times and she’s won three out of three as on the other occasion she had gravel in her foot and couldn’t run.

“I came here happy to be placed and to be honest, we didn’t think we’d win.

“We will keep her in training next year.”

Charlie Hills could offer no excuse for the listless performance of Battaash.

“I’m really scratching my head as two (furlongs) out he was the first one beaten and he really never raised a gallop,” said the trainer.

“He’s not blowing inordinately hard, but it was certainly not him by any stretch of the imagination.

“We will have to take him home and see if anything shows itself.”

Jockey Jim Crowley added: “I was the first beat. He felt very flat – not like Battaash at all – and there’s no explanation.”

Prix De L'Abbaye De Longchamp (Group 1)
€350,000 added, 2yo plus, 5f, Class 1
16 ran
Going: Very Soft

1 (3)      Glass Slippers 3 9-7 Kevin Ryan Tom Eaves 128/10
2 (1) 3 So Perfect 3 9-7 A P O'Brien Donnacha O'Brien 27/1
3 (4) nk El Astronaute 6 9-11 John Quinn Jason Hart 84/1
4 (5) shd Invincible Army 4 9-11 James Tate Oisin Murphy 21/1
5 (8) 1 Mabs Cross 5 9-7 Michael Dods Gerald Mosse 10/1
6 (2) 2 Gold Vibe 6 9-11 P Bary Cristian Demuro 30/1
7 (7) ¾ Finsbury Square 7 9-11 M Delcher Sanchez Tony Piccone 86/1
8 (14) shd Sestilio Jet 4 9-11 Andrea Marcialis Frankie Dettori 17/1
9 (6) nk Spinning Memories 4 9-7 P Bary Christophe Soumillon 67/10
10 (9) 4 Fairyland 3 9-7 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 18/1
11 (10) 1 Shades Of Blue 3 9-7 Clive Cox Adam Kirby 23/1
12 (16) 1¼ Jolie 2 8-4 Andrea Marcialis Yutaka Take 74/1
13 (12) 2½ Recon Mission 3 9-11 Tony Carroll Tom Marquand 119/1
14 (11) 1½ Battaash 5 9-11 Charles Hills Jim Crowley 9/10F
15 (15) 1¼ Soldier's Call 3 9-11 Archie Watson Daniel Tudhope 21/1
16 (13) 20 Ken Colt 4 9-11 F Chappet Stephane Pasquier 34/1