Golden Lilac Shines in Prix de Diane
by Mary Schweitzer
Date Posted: 6/12/2011 3:56:48 PM
Last Updated: 6/14/2011 2:20:21 PM
Golden Lilac wins the Prix de Diane-Longines (Fr-I).
Golden Lilac withstood the late charge of Galikova to capture the Prix de Diane-Longines (Fr-I) at Chantilly June 12. The victory in the Prix de Diane was part of a banner day for trainer Andre Fabre and jockey Maxime Guyon, who teamed up to sweep the four stakes races on the card.
The Prix de Diane was the second classic victory for the daughter of Galileo, who also won the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (Fr-I) in May. Golden Lilac remains undefeated in five starts.
Guyon settled Golden Lilac into fourth shortly after the start, as Polemique, part of an entry along with Galikova, shot to the front to set the pace. Polemique opened up a clear lead on the field at a brisk tempo as the rest of the fillies were content to leave her alone out front.
Longshot Haya Landa raced in second, four lengths behind the leader, with Glorious Sight in third. Guyon had Golden Lilac settled in nicely along the rail in fourth, as Galikova sat right off her flank in fifth.
As the field entered the home straight, Polemique began to run out of gas and was quickly swallowed up by the field. Guyon urged Golden Lilac through an opening along the rail and they took a narrow advantage as Glorious Sight pulled alongside her in the drive to the wire.
With less than a furlong to run, Golden Lilac shook off the challenge of Glorious Sight and began to edge clear. Galikova, a half-sister to multiple champion Goldikova, had finally gotten into gear and was rolling on the far outside but it was too late. Golden Lilac crossed the wire with a clear one-length victory.
Galikova had to settle for second, with Glorious Sight a neck further back in third. Final time for the 1 5/16-mile contest was 2:07.90 over the good to soft going.
Golden Lilac races in the red and green colors of owner/breeder Gestut Ammerland, who also campaigned the filly’s dam, Grey Lilas. A daughter of Danehill, Grey Lilas captured the Prix du Moulin (Fr-I) as a 3-year-old and was third in the Prix de Diane.
Dietrich von Boetticher, who owns Gestut Ammerland, told reporters after the race: “To breed and own a filly like this is a dream. Her mother was a wonderful race horse, she won a group I but didn’t quite stay in the Diane. I was very happy with her third, but to win with this filly is what I wanted.”
Immediate plans are undecided for Golden Lilac; her long range goal is the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) in October.
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