Alain de Royer-Dupre's Shamkala stamped herself a good filly, with a facile victory in the Prix Des Tertres at Longchamp on 24 April. Despite nonsensical headlines that the filly "had shaken up the Oaks betting market" Dupre indicated after the race that he would most likely aim her at the Prix Saint-Alary, and then on to the Prix de Diane-Longines. In that Shamkala is by Pivotal out of an Intikhab mare this would indeed seem the most sensible option. Third placed Sinnamary is more like an Oaks type, being as she is by Galileo, out of the Dansili mare Prudenzia, who, when trained by Pascal Bary, won a listed race over 11fs at Longchamp. (The race starts 7 seconds in).
The second race on the Longchamp card, the Prix De Champerret, was won by Rouget's French Derby candidate Gonna Run. Settled out the back for most of the race, Gonna Run was eased into contention by Soumillion two furlongs from home, before outclassing the opposition in the final furlong. A decent sort.
Bawina (Peslier) led her rivals a merry dance in the Prix Polly Girl at Saint Cloud on 30 March 2014. The daughter of Dubawi, out of the Sadlers Wells'mare Esneh, currently heads the ante-post betting market on the 2014 French Oaks.
Before deciding upon whether to supplement Bawina for the French Oaks, connections decided to give the daughter of Dubawi a racecourse gallop at Longchamp on 24 April. You decide.
Anything can become excusable when seen from the standpoint of the result. Mishima.