D'Ispahan Stakes (Group 1) 1m 1f 43y

  • (4yo+, 1m 1f 43y, Class 1, 9 runners)
  • Winner €172,076 2nd €49,425 3rd €24,700
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Off time: 14:43:44

Full Result

14:45 Longchamp
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st (6) 9 Goldikova (IRE) F Head 6 8-12 O Peslier 8/11f
2nd (2) 4 Cirrus Des Aigles (FR) Mme C Barbe 5 9-2 C Soumillon 14/1
3rd (7) 2 Rajsaman (FR) F Head 4 9-2 v T Jarnet 11/1
SP 11/1 opened 10/1
4th (5) 8 Flash Dance (IRE) F Head 5 8-12 M Barzalona 200/1

Also Ran

Byword, Shamalgan (FR), Dick Turpin (IRE), Ransom Note, Pan River (TUR),

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £1.50 Tote Place £1.10 £1.60 £2.40 Straight Forecast £13.51 Exacta £8.20

Analysis

Another super performance by GOLDIKOVA, who recorded her 13th Group or Grade 1 success. Strictly in purist terms we learned nothing more about her than we already knew. Olivier Peslier took a pull in the early stages but the mare soon settled into an effortless rhythm in behind pace-setting stable companion Flash Dance. When her effort began to peter out around a quarter-of-a-mile from home, Peslier sent his mount on and although she was challenged by the gutsy Cirrus Des Aigles throughout the final furlong she never looked in danger of having her crown taken. She has picked up where she left off after November's Breeders Cup Mile success and it will take a special performance to finish ahead of her again, in this, her final season. The runner-up was given every chance of success by Christophe Soumillon, who settled the gelding just off the pace and brought him there with that sustained challenge. He is clearly good enough to pick up a Group 1 win and given his love for this venue, it may well occur here. Rasjaman confirmed placings with Byword from their recent meeting at Saint-Cloud, which was a commendable effort given that Freddie Head's colt was 6lbs worse off. He got some daylight in which to deliver his challenge, while Byword had to go wide in order to get in a blow, and after making good headway he could not see out his effort inside the distance. Neither has excuses in the easy conditions. Ransom Note was ridden prominently, but one of last season's most improved handicappers found out what it was all about here, while Dick Turpin never got in a blow after having a good sit in fourth for much of the way. That is now two disappointments in succession for Richard Hannon's colt, who is left with a fair bit to prove.