Lope De Vega Filly On The Classic Trail

Into black-type company on her second start after a winning debut over 7 1/2 furlongs at Saint-Cloud in October, Peter Savill’s Autumn Starlight (GB) (Lope De Vega {Ire}–Falling Leaves {Ire}, by Galileo {Ire}) emerged from Saturday’s Listed Prix la Camargo at that venue with her perfect record maintained and reputation enhanced. Tracking the early leader Heavenly Breath (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}) in third under Christophe Soumillon, the 14-5 second favourite looked to have it to do a furlong from home as that 8-5 market-leader gained what appeared to be a decisive advantage. Finding a late surge, the €150,000 Arqana Deauville August graduate overhauled the English raider in the final stride for a nose verdict to provide her jockey with a third black-type win on the card.

“This race was not a target, just a reintroduction and we hoped that she would run well,” trainer Stephane Wattel said. “We didn’t expect to see her win, so that is probably a very good sign. She has done well physically during the winter and will come on for that. We will see about her next start, but it is not hard to imagine that it could be the [G3] Prix de la Grotte.” Video, sponsored by TVG.

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