The Andreas Schutz-trained German filly Elopa set up a showdown with the spectacular Ouija Board in Ireland next month with a hard-fought win as the favorite in Monday's Prix Corrida (Fr-II) for fillies and mares at Saint-Cloud.
Stall Gamshof's Elopa, a 4-year-old daughter of Tiger Hill, cleared away from the field three-sixteenths of a mile from the wire after stalking a slow pace for jockey Andrasch Starke. She was all out to hold off Baron E de Rothschild's strong finisher Russian Hill and Thierry Gillet by a short neck in the 10-furlong, 110-yard event.
The Aga Khan's Diamond Tango, ridden by Christophe Soumillon, was a half-length back in third.
Schutz said he has his eyes on the Pretty Polly Stakes (Ire-I) at Curragh and a possible match with Ouija Board for Elopa, who also won the Prix Allez France (Fr-III) at Chantilly May 2.
"I was very happy with the way she won today but the runner up was making her seasonal debut and may be better in the future," the trainer told Racing Post
. "Today's race was 100 meters shorter than the Allez France and there was no early pace."
Dalicia ran fourth, followed by Pink Palace, Eleusis, Australie, Miss Wind and October Moon. The final time was 2:15.50 on soft going.