Race fitness may well have told as the hugely popular gelding Cirrus Des Aigles ended Treve’s unbeaten record with a battling victory in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp.
Belle De Crecy set off at a strong gallop and opened up a lead of several lengths over Joshua Tree who himself had about a 3 length advantage over Cirrus Des Aigles.
The lead reduced as the field raced down the false straight and turning for home Cirrus Des Aigles crept through into the lead on the inside, with Treve and Frankie Dettori in the 8 year old’s slipstream.
The 4 year old Arc heroine was asked for her effort with about a furlong and a half to race and moved into a narrow lead but Cirrus Des Aigles, with the benefit of two races already this season, fought back against the rail and got back up on the line to record his 19th career win and third at Group 1 level.
Criquette Head-Maarek will have been delighted with the effort of her filly in second and had suggested beforehand that Treve might need this race. She ran admirably and is likely to improve enormously for this outing and the pair pulled well clear of the rest of this field.
Vazira maintains unbeaten record
The once-raced Aga Khan filly Vazira had to work hard but maintained her unbeaten record with a success in the Group 3 Prix Vanteaux at Longchamp.
Chocolatier led from Momo No Sekku and Privet Hedge for much of the race and into the straight but Christophe Soumillon asked Vazira, a daughter of Sea The Stars for her effort approaching the final furlong. The response was not immediate and Kenzadargent came to challenge on her outside, the two fillies drawing clear.
But Vazira stuck to her task tenaciously and got her head back in front on the line. This was a big step up for Alain De Royer-Dupre’s filly, who only made her racecourse debut at Chantilly last month and she will have learned an awful lot.
She holds entries in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and in the Darley Irish Oaks.