Prince Kirk Averts Disaster to Win French Group I
Prince Kirk brushed the rail after passing favored Six Perfections with less than a furlong to go in Sunday's Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-I) at Longchamp, but recovered in time to hold on for an upset victory by a half-length.The mishap brought to mind a similar occurence experienced close to the finish by Antonius Pius in last week's Two Thousand Guineas (Fr-I) at Longchamp, an incident that likely cost the colt a victory in the Classic.Prince Kirk, sent off at odds of better than 7-1, reached the front with less than 100 yards left when something distracted him. He slipped and brushed the rail, but recovered to hold on over Six Perfections in about 1 1/8-mile event. Checkit was third, three lengths behind the winner.Six Perfections got the lead from Checkit a furlong from home and appeared to have no dangers. But the Italian invader given a patient ride by Marco Monteriso crept up along the inside as Six Perfections offered little resistance. The margin of victory would have been greater were it not for the slip. A French racing official said there was no connection with last weeks' surprise. The time on good going was 1:52.Emilio Borromeo, who trains Prince Kirk, won his first French group I. He said the Arlington Million (gr. IT) could be a target for the 4-year-old French bred Selkirk colt. He wore blinkers for the first time Sunday.Six Perfections was making her first start of the season. She's destined for the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I), according to Niarchos racing manager Alan Cooper.Jockey Thierry Thulliez told The Racing Post, "We were going to win easily and then she cracked. She didn't quite get home and I didn't give the filly a hard race."Sunstrach and Nebraska Tornado, who had problems loading into his stall for jockey Gary Stevens, completed the order of finish.
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 5/23/2004 6:08:40 PM
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