Flotilla may not have walked on water in Sunday’s Poule d’Essai des Pouliches at Longchamp, but there can be no arguing with the Mikel Delzangles-trained horse’s recent record.
In winning two prestigious Group 1 races in a row, the three-year-old filly has shown her consistency at the highest level on two continents, her French win being preceded by victory in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile in the USA last November.
The horse’s partnership with jockey Christophe-Patrice Lemaire provided her owner Sheikh Mohammed Al-Thani with an extra source of satisfaction, the duo having now gone unbeaten in two outings. Flotilla’s last defeat came when she finished fourth under Gregory Benoist in the Criterium des Pouliches on 7 October 2012, a race also run at Longchamp and over the same distance as the Poules d’Essai des Pouliches.
Style Vendome’s statistics are not too dissimilar. While the Nicolas Clement colt was winning only his first Group 1 event, he has now won five times at five different courses (Dieppe, Deauville, Chantilly, Maisons-Laffitte and Longchamp) and over four distances (5½f, 6½f, 7f and 1m), a clear sign of his potential.
A listed winner in March, a Group 3 victor last month, and now triumphant in the PEP under Thierry Thulliez, Style Vendome is clearly charting an upward curve, a trend his connections will hope he can confirm in his next outing, which will be either the Prix du Jockey-Club or the St. James’s Palace Stakes.
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