Lateen Sails, Much Faster Take French Group Races
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 7/27/2003 5:19:19 PM

Lateen Sails gave Godolphin an impressive win in Sunday's Prix Daphnis (Fr-III) at Maisons-Laffitte, leading all the way and drawing away in the late stages for a five-length victory with Frankie Dettori in the saddle.

The winning time for the 1 1/8-mile Prix Daphnis was 1:58.2 on very soft going. Lateen Sails was sent postward at odds of 11-10.

John Hammond's Shakis was finished second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Andre Fabre-trained Streamix.

Lateen Sails is showing some signs of paying off for trainer Saeed bin Suroor. With Henry Cecil as a juvenile, big things were expected, but he was last in the 20-horse Sagitta 2,000 Guineas for his new Godolphin connections in May.

After a win, he was fourth in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp behind Vespone. Godolphin has bought Vespone since that win.

"That was very good," Suroor said. "Lateen Sails is improving all the time and he was impressive. He loved the soft ground and it should be easy to find similar conditions later in the year.

In the Prix Robert Papin (Fr-II) for 2-year-olds, Ecurie Jean-Louis Bouchard's Irish-bred filly Much Faster was three lengths better than Aidan O'Brien's colt Colossus.

Much Faster, a bay daughter of Fasliyev, is perfect in four starts for trainer Pascal Bary.

Ridden by Thierry Thulliez, Much Faster, at 2-1, was prominent early on the inside rail, going to the lead two furlongs out and winning easily while ridden out.

Colossus, under Michael Kinane, ranged up to second a furlong from home but could not muster a serious challenge to the winner. He was 1 1/2-length clear of Leila in the eight-horse field.

Bary said the Prix Morny would be next for Much Faster, who completed the five furlong, 110 yard-distance in 1:07.3 on very soft going.

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