Team Valor's Sweet Stream Wins Prix Vermeille
Updated: Tuesday, September 14, 2004 10:16 AM
Posted: Sunday, September 12, 2004 3:03 PM
Photo: Team Valor
Team Valor's Sweet Stream pulled major upset in the Prix Vermeille, Sunday at Longchamp.
Team Valor's outsider Sweet Stream pulled a major upset in the Prix Vermeille (Fr.-I) at Longchamp Sunday, defeating a field of fillies that included recent French Oaks (Fr-I) winner Latice.
The 31-1 Italian-bred won a duel with Royal Fantasy in the final furlong of the 1 1/2-mile test for 3 and 4-year-old filles after sweeping past favored Latice, who took the lead in the straight before fading to eighth.
In difficult position a half-mile out, Thierry Gillet brought the John Hammond-trained daughter of Shantou along the inside for a powerful late run entering the straight. She went to the front 100 yards out and held off Royal Fantasy gamely for a half-length triumph. The 4-year-old bay completed the race, contested on soft going, in a time of 2:29.50. The French-bred Pride was along late to get third, a short neck behind Royal Fantasy, with Vallera a head farther back in fourth among the 13 runners.
Sweet Stream is not nominated to the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) next month, but figures to be headed to the United States for a fall campaign, Hammond said.
He said, "She came here in transit (on her way to America), but like me fortunately she stayed," according to Racing Post
. "The owner, Barry Irwin, has been very patient as I told him she would be very much an autumn horse. She's not entered in the Arc and I may find a race for her abroad."
Diamond Tango finished fifth, followed by Silverskaya, Visorama, Latice, Whortleberry, Lune d'Or, Anabaa Republic, Gloriez and Pilgrim of Grace.
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