Nadia Wins French Oaks Prep

On turf rated good at Longchamp Sunday, lightly raced Nadia won the Prix Saint-Alary (Fr-I) by a head over Mare Nostrum. The winner completed the 1 1/4-mile French Oaks prep in 2:08 3/5.

Nadia set the pace under jockey Dominque Boeuf, was headed by the runner-up with just under a quarter-mile to run, and rallied with just over a furlong to run to retake the lead en route to the win. Choc Ice finished 1 1/2 lengths farther back in third, followed by Snataka, Stunning, Alta Lena, and Lisbon Creek.

"She is a talented filly, who stays like a rock," said winning trainer Carlos Laffon Parias. "She will run in either the Prix de Diane at Chantilly or in the Oaks at Epsom. This will be discussed with her owner. If she runs at Chantilly she will have a pacemaker as she needs a truly run race."

Maktoum al Maktoum's Nadia earned her maiden win at first asking last November and emerged for her sophomore season in April, finishing second in the Prix Penelope (Fr-III). The British-bred 3-year-old was making her third career start in the Prix Saint-Alary. Nadia (Nashwan--Nazoo, by Nijinsky II) was bred by Gainsborough Stud Management.