Another Divine Performance in French Oaks
Updated: Monday, June 13, 2005 7:19 PM
Posted: Sunday, June 12, 2005 3:37 PM
Photo: Associated Press
Divine Proportions wins the 157th Prix de Diane at Chantilly.
Unbeaten filly Divine Proportions ran her winning streak to eight races with an impressive three-length victory over Argentina in the Prix de Diane Hermes (Fr-I) at Chantilly Sunday.
With the victory, the Pascal Bary-trained daughter of Kingmambo
completed the French One Thousand Guineas/Oaks double for the Niarchos Family.
Bred in Kentucky by Flaxman Holdings Ltd., Divine Proportions now counts seven group victories in her resume, but her first at longer than one mile. The 10.43 furlongs of the French Oaks is the longest distance she has attempted.
Divine Proportions took the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French One Thousand Guineas) by five lengths at Longchamp on May 15.
Divine Proportions was given a 4-1 quote by Coral for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Belmont Park in October.
Christophe Lemaire kept Divine Proportions in prominent position from the beginning, tracking the pacesetters Sapas and Alharmina while fourth early. Divine Proportions was third as the field reached the straight and when the frontrunners faded, she hit the front while still 2 1/2 furlongs from the wire. Lemaire asked her for some run when challenged by the previously unbeaten Vadawina, who encountered a dream run through the field along the rail to move into second. Divine Proportions responded, pulling away from the Aga Khan-owned Prix Saint-Alary (Fr-I) winner who came up empty and eventually finished fourth.
Divine Proportions, the 8-15 favorite, received no more threats while widening her lead, running on in the final furlong for the easy victory.
"I'm so relieved! She's incredible, a super champion," an enthusiastic Lemaire told PA Sport
. "With a filly like this any jockey could ride her. She's got so many qualities and each time she runs, she proves herself."
Argentina, who was second to Vadawina in the Prix Saint-Alary, stayed on for second after being held up near the rear of the 10-horse field for much of the journey. She was a half-length in front of Paita with Vadawina another three-quarters of a length behind.
New Saga (5), Perfect Hedge (6), Satwa Queen (7), Green Girl (8), Sapas (9) and Alharmina (10) completed the order. The final time was 2:06.3 on good going.
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