Skalleti in high form for Ganay mission



Jerome Reynier is unconcerned about circumstances at ParisLongchamp as his star gray Skalleti appears for a 19th profession success within the Group One Prix Ganay on Sunday.

The evergreen gelding was a winner final day trip when taking the Prix d’Harcourt on the similar monitor in early April, defeating each Sealiway and Mare Australis to retain his title within the Group Two occasion.

That sensible efficiency got here on going described as very gentle, one thing the seven-year-old appears to relish, however Reynier is assured he will likely be equally as aggressive on Longchamp turf presently labelled good to gentle and pointed to wins on higher floor within the Prix Exbury and the Prix d’Ispahan as proof.

“I am very proud of him and the way in which he got here again from the Prix d’Harcourt,” he mentioned.

“He feels actually good and there is not any rain however the Prix Exbury was run on good floor, the Prix d’Ispahan was run on good floor and the Ganay will likely be run on good floor so I believe if we’re ready on the rain, we would by no means run him once more.

“That is a part of the sport and we all know he’s very aggressive, even on good floor, however when he recovers it takes somewhat longer.”

Skalleti has a very strong report at Longchamp, along with his seven runs on the monitor leading to six victories, and Reynier is anticipating jockey Maxime Guyon to make use of his normal last-gasp ways.

“The one time he obtained overwhelmed the bottom was horrible – patchy and sticky,” the coach mentioned.

“He gained the Prix d’Ispahan there on good floor so I am not likely bothered by it now, there will likely be sufficient tempo with Sealiway and Mare Australis, who gained the Ganay wall to wall final yr.

“The race needs to be run at a good tempo so we will likely be ready on the again as normal and ready for a similar end as final time.”

Skalleti has gained 18 of the 25 races he has contested all through his profession and although advancing in years, he has up to now proven no indicators of shedding his capability.

“It isn’t fairly often you get horses who for a few years are so aggressive, he was a pleasant four-year-old, a aggressive five- and six-year-old and now at seven he is nonetheless very aggressive,” Reynier mentioned.

“It is nice to have the ability to maintain him at that degree, at some point he’ll go somewhat slower however proper now he is simply wonderful.

“We had a very good feeling about him earlier than the d’Harcourt, he was in nice form and he is in precisely the identical form so I’m very eager for Sunday.”

Joseph O’Brien’s State of Relaxation will journey over from Eire for the competition, his first run since prevailing within the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in October.

The Starspangledbanner colt additionally landed the Saratoga Derby Invitational Stakes final August and is a horse who appears to thrive on an abroad mission having competed in 4 totally different international locations throughout 9 profession begins.

“He is educated effectively thus far this yr,” O’Brien mentioned of the four-year-old.

“It appears an excellent race nevertheless it’s a pleasant place to begin for him and we’re hoping we will run an excellent race and get his season began off on the appropriate observe.”

State Of Relaxation defeated Anamoe within the Cox Plate, a Godolphin-owned colt who has since gone on to win two Group occasions, latterly a six-and-a-half-length victory within the Group One Rosehill Guineas.

“The shape has held up effectively, all of State Of Relaxation’s type from final season has held up,” mentioned O’Brien.

“We predict he is matured from three to 4 so we’re excited to get him again and we’re wanting ahead to the yr forward.

“He actually travels effectively, he took all of it in his stride final yr and we’re hopeful we will have an excellent season with him this yr.”

Sealiway was a 12-1 winner of the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot in October and was runner-up to Skalleti within the Prix d’Harcourt.

The latter run was on very gentle floor and the chestnut additionally has type on heavy, however coach Francis-Henri Graffard is assured he can show himself to be simply as efficient on a firmer floor.

“He got here on loads for his final race, I could not be any happier with him,” he mentioned.

“The bottom will not be an issue to him, he can go on good floor with no points and we’re wanting ahead to it.”

Sealiway is owned by Le Haras De La Gousseri, whose yellow and inexperienced silks can even be carried by the Richard Chotard-trained Smile Makers.

Andre Fabre’s Mare Australis made the entire working to land the race final season and can return to face the 2 horses who defeated him within the Prix d’Harcourt, Sealiway and Skalleti.

Pia and Joakim Brandt are represented by Fairly Tiger, who makes his debut for the steady having beforehand been educated by the suspended Fabrice Vermeulen.



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