Lon­champ vic­tory may be worth wait

Sunday Sun - - Racing -

CON­NEC­TIONS of Worth Wait­ing are op­ti­mistic of the pro­gres­sive filly’s chances in the Qatar Prix Ver­meille at ParisLongchamp to­day.

The David Lani­gan-trained three-year-old has come through the ranks this season to earn an op­por­tu­nity at the top level.

Open­ing her ac­count in a Red­car maiden in May, the daugh­ter of Bated Breath went on to win a Wind­sor hand­i­cap, then a Listed race at New­mar­ket, be­fore her big break­through vic­tory in the Group Three Prix Min­erve at Deauville last month.

That was prob­a­bly her best per­for­mance as she swept three lengths clear of the run­ner-up Hermaphrodite. Zarkamiya, who re­op­poses, was a fur­ther length and a half away in third place.

“She’s work­ing well and of course we are very hope­ful,” said Bruce Ray­mond, rac­ing man­ager to owner Saif Ali.

“I’ve been look­ing at the race and I think she must have a good chance. She is im­prov­ing and the oth­ers may, hope­fully, be stand­ing still.

“I think Kitesurf looks the main dan­ger. We’ve al­ready beaten the Aga Khan’s filly (Zarkamiya). She won well that day.

“I don’t think the ground will be an is­sue and with im­prov­ing fil­lies this time of year, why not have a go?”

Kitesurf rep­re­sents Godol­phin and An­dre Fabre, who was pleased with her vic­tory in the Group Two Prix de Pomone at Deauville last month.

“She has not won a Group One yet. She may be a lit­tle bit be­low top class, but she is in good shape and her last race was very en­cour­ag­ing,” said Fabre.

Ai­dan O’Brien is dou­ble­handed with Rib­bles­dale Stakes scorer Magic Wand and Bye Bye Baby in an eight­strong field.

O’Brien re­lies on last year’s St Leger hero Capri in the Qatar Prix Foy, in which Fabre is re­spon­si­ble for three of the six run­ners.

His trio is headed by Tal­is­manic, who bounced back from a dis­ap­point­ing run in the Dubai World Cup by tak­ing the Prix Gon­taut-Biron at Deauville a month ago.

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