Manduro Much the Best at Longchamp

Manduro emphatically proved he was the class of the field with an authoritative five-length victory in the Prix d’Ispahan (Fr-I) at Longchamp on Sunday.

The Andre Fabre trainee was winning his second start of the season, following a four-length victory in the Weatherbys Earl of Sefton Stakes (Eng-III) last month at Newmarket.

The victory in the Prix d’Ispahan marked the German champion’s first win at group I level. He has been knocking on the door for over a year now, having placed in the 2006 edition of this race, among others.

Jockey Stephane Pasquier always was in control aboard Manduro, and the pair moved easily past front-runner Palafamix with just under two furlongs left. They held off Turtle Bowl, who had to settle for second, five lengths in front of Stormy River.

Manduro is a 5-year-old son of Monsun out of Mandellicht, by Be My Guest.

In the race immediately following the Prix d’Ispahan, the 3-year-old filly Coquerelle remained undefeated and captured her first group I when winning the Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary (Fr-I).

The 10-furlong test serves as a stepping stone to the Prix de Diane (Fr-I) in June.

The daughter of Zamindar led from the start, and took the small field of five on a leisurely gallop for the first mile of the race. When jockey Christophe Lemaire asked his filly to quicken, the response was immediate and the final result was never in doubt.

Coquerelle held on for an easy half-length win over Believe Me. Anabaa’s Creation was another five lengths back in third.

The winner is a 3-year-old bay filly out of Cracovie, by Caerleon. Her second dam is Luth De Saron, who has produced the outstanding turf performers Roi Normand (gr. IT), Trampoli (gr. IIT), and Luth Dancer (Fr-III).

This marks the second straight weekend that a daughter of Zamindar has captured a group I. Last Sunday, Darjina won the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (Fr-I).