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Senga stars in French Oaks

18 June 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 18/06/17 6:37pm

John Gosden: Pleased with Shutter Speed's fourth

John Gosden: Pleased with Shutter Speed’s fourth

Rhododendron reportedly bled from the nose and was pulled up in the Prix de Diane as Senga won a rough renewal of the Chantilly Classic.

Aidan O’Brien’s filly found only stablemate Winter too strong in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket at the start of last month and was then outstayed by the John Gosden-trained Enable in the Oaks at Epsom a little over a fortnight ago.

Rhododendron appeared to be well positioned in the middle of the pack at the halfway stage of the French Oaks, but was pulled up quickly by Ryan Moore, who dismounted before the home turn.

Gosden’s Shutter Speed brought an unbeaten record and strong form to the table, having beaten stablemate Enable at Newbury before landing the Musidora Stakes at York.

Frankie Dettori managed to navigate his mount across from her wide draw and she looked to be delivering a strong challenge in the straight.

However, she had no answer when Pascal Bary’s Senga found top gear in the hands of Stephane Pasquier and ended up finishing fourth.

Gosden insisted he was from disappointed with Shutter Speed’s efforts.

He said: “She delivered a superb performance, and there are no excuses.

“She jumped from a wide draw as well as she could. I thought that Frankie Dettori rode her very well. At one point she looked like she was coming to win.”

Alan Cooper, racing manager for successful owners Flaxman Stables, was left considering future options for the winner, which could presumably include the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at a meeting connections have targeted so successfully before.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with her performance,” he said.

“We were expecting a good run, if she stayed. She obviously enjoyed the extra ground and won well.

“She only ran two weeks ago and has had a busy year so far, so she’s going to have a rest now.

“We’ll see when she comes back whether we step her up in trip or come back down.”

A jubilant Bary added: “She is a fantastic filly, from a fantastic breeding operation.

“We definitely ran her over too short a distance before. Her connections trusted me to let her run in this race, despite having run only two weeks ago.

“She had a good run, in a race with consistent pace, and showed a superb turn of foot.”

Henri-Alex Pantall was left to rue a turbulent dash to the line for runner-up Sistercharlie.

He said: “She didn’t have a clear run, neither in the turn nor the straight, where she had to wind he way through.

“It’s a shame when you see the way she finished, but that’s racing.”

The beautifully-bred Terrakova is now poised for a rise in distance after she caught the eye in third place.

Trainer Freddy Head said: “She put up a great performance as she had been caught flat-footed when the rest of the field kicked.

“She got a few bumps, so she couldn’t follow them when they jumped and so couldn’t get near the pace.

“Despite that, she ran well. It’s only her third start, and it’s promising. She should step up in trip to a mile and a half.”

In a race lacking nothing in drama, Christophe Soumillon was unseated from Onthemoonagain when his mount clipped heels with a rival in the home straight.

Soumillon received treatment on the course and was able to walk away, but was stood down for the rest of the day with a shoulder injury. He will be hoping for sufficient improvement in his condition in order to ride at Ascot this week.

reopens Bary said of the winner: “She is a fantastic filly, from a fantastic breeding operation.”We definitely ran her over too short a distance before.”Her connections trusted me to let her run in this race, despite having run only two weeks ago.”She had a good run, in a race with consistent pace, and showed a superb turn of foot.”Gosden was really happy with Shutter Speed.He said: “She delivered a superb performance, and there are no excuses.”She jumped from a wide draw as well as she could. I thought that Frankie Dettori rode her very well.”At one point she looked like she was coming to win.”Henri-Alex Pantall was left to rue a turbulent dash to the line for runner-up Sistercharlie.He said: “She didn’t have a clear run, neither in the turn nor the straight, where she had to wind he way through.”It’s a shame when you see the way she finished, but that’s racing.”The beautifully-bred Terrakova is now poised for a rise in distance after she caught the eye in third place.Trainer Freddy Head said: “She put up a great performance as she had been caught flat-footed when the rest of the field kicked.”She got a few bumps, so she couldn’t follow them when they jumped and so couldn’t get near the pace.”Despite that, she ran well. It’s only her third start, and it’s promising. She should step up in trip to a mile and a half.”


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