Torrestrella Wins Poule d'Essai des Pouliches
Updated: Wednesday, May 19, 2004 5:24 PM
Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2004 11:59 PM
Irish-bred Torrestrella, supplemented by trainer Francois Rohaut to Sunday's Gainsborough Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Fr-I) at Longchamp, paid off handsomely with a 1 1/2-length win in the 3-year-old filly Classic.
Olivier Peslier's first Pouliches victory came as Torrestrella bounded away from favored Grey Lilas, ridden by Gary Stevens, in the final quarter-mile at odds of 10-1. Miss Mambo finished two lengths behind in third, a neck better than Via Milano, in the one-mile event.
A quick pace by Godolphin's Carry on Katie allowed Torrestrella, a bay filly by Orpen, to equal the stakes record of 1:35.7 on good to soft going.
"We had a good lead in the race and perfect ground," Rohaut told The Racing Post
. "In fact, we had a dream of a race and we knew she'd stay. I didn't enter herin the Pouliches early on as she was backward as two-year-old but I knew there was plenty of speed on her dam's side and she was starting to show it.
Stevens said he was in position to challenge a furlong from home.
"I did think at one time we would win," said Stevens, who guided Rock Hard Ten to a second-place finish in the Preakness (gr. I) Saturday. "Let's hope that there's more cut in the ground when she next runs."
Nyramba (5th), Cairns (6th) , Dalna (7th), Cattiva Generosa (8th), Carry on Katie (9th), Rumba Loca (10th), Tulipe Royale (11th), Grandes Illusions (12th) and Royal Tigress (13th) followed.
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