Requinto Takes on Elders in Prix de l'Abbaye
by Mary Schweitzer
Date Posted: 9/30/2011 3:44:56 PM
Last Updated: 10/1/2011 11:30:07 AM
David Wachman’s Requinto will take on older rivals when he lines up in the $407,904 Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (Fr-I) Oct. 2.
The five-furlong contest, which continually draws some of the best turf sprinters in Europe, has done so once again, with 15 set to go postward on Sunday.
The lone juvenile in the field, Requinto will once again take on older horses. In his only previous attempt against his elders, the son of Dansili finished a well-beaten 13th in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I) Aug. 19. Requinto rebounded from that dismal effort to win the Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes (Eng-II) Sept. 9, which improved his record to four wins from seven starts. Requinto will break from post 11 with Wayne Lordan in the irons.
Veteran campaigner Prohibit will break from post 1 and could go off as the race favorite. The 6-year-old gelded son of Oasis Dream has made 42 career starts, winning nine times and finishing in the money 21 times. The Robert Cowell trainee is having a banner year, the highlight so far being an impressive victory in the King’s Stand Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot. Prohibit also won the main prep for the Abbaye, scoring a head victory in the Qatar Prix du Petit Couvert (Fr-III) Sept. 11. Jim Crowley will once again ride.
Margot Did has been freshened since her victory in the Nunthorpe Stakes. The Michael Bell trainee, a 3-year-old daughter of Exceed And Excel, has won two other stakes this year, both listed events going five furlongs. Margot Did will have to go without her regular rider, Hayley Turner, who is out for the remainder of the year due to injury. Jamie Spencer will be aboard.
Another group I winner in the field is the 4-year-old gelding, Sole Power. Trained by Edward Lynam, the son of Kyllachy scored a victory in the 2010 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I), when he went off at odds of 100-1. Sole Power has had a somewhat disappointing year thus far, with a victory in the Temple Stakes (Eng-II) being his only win. Keagan Latham will ride.
Others in the field include Bluster, Mar Adentro, Spectacle Du Mars, Masamah, Captain Dunne, Secret Asset, Tangerine Trees, Iver Bridge Lad, Alcohuaz, Beyond Desire, and Wizz Kid.
$407,904 Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (Fr-I, Race 2, 7:45 a.m. EDT), 2yos & up, 5 furlongs (Turf)
PP, Horse, Weight, Jockey, Trainer
1. Prohibit (GB), 137, J. Crowley, R. Cowell
2. Sole Power (GB), 137, K. Latham, E. Lynam
3. Spectacle Du Mars (Fr), 137, G. Benoist, X. Nakkachdji
4. Wizz Kid (Ire), 133, I. Mendizabal, R. Collet
5. Captain Dunne (Ire), 137, D. Allan, T. Easterby
6. Beyond Desire (GB), 133, N. Callan, R. Varian
7. Margot Did (Ire), 133, J. Spencer, M. Bell
8. Secret Asset (Ire), 137, G. Baker, J. Chapple-Hyam
9. Tangerine Trees (GB), 137, T. Eaves, B. Smart
10. Masamah (Ire), 137, P. Makin, K. Ryan
11. Requinto (Ire), 119, W. Lordan, D. Wachman
12. Iver Bridge Lad (GB), 137, M. O’Connell, J. Ryan
13. Bluster (Fr), 137, G. Mosse, R. Collet
14. Alcohuaz (Chile), 137, M. Guyon, L. Reuterskiold
15. Mar Adentro (Fr), 137, T. Jarnet, R. Chotard
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