Simca Mille Back In Style

Returning from a break having failed to make an impact in the G1 Japan Cup, Haras de la Perelle and Stephane Wattel’s Simca Mille (Ire) (Tamayuz {GB}–Swertia {GB}, by Pivotal {GB}) again demonstrated his love of ParisLongchamp by winning Sunday’s G2 Prix d’Harcourt. Impressive in the G2 Prix Niel here in September, having finished second to Onesto (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) in the G1 Grand Prix de Paris over that same mile-and-a-half course and distance in July, the 7-1 shot was positioned close to the early pace by Alexis Pouchin dropping back in trip. In front at the top of the 2 1/2-furlong straight, he stayed on strongly as the G1 Prix Royal-Oak hero Iresine (Fr) (Manduro {Ger}) put up an eye-catching chase and had 3/4 of a length to spare over that rival at the line, receiving two pounds. Al Shaqab Racing’s G2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano scorer and Arc fourth Al Hakeem (GB) (Siyouni {Fr}) was disappointing as the 4-5 favourite, beaten four lengths in fourth.

“I had hoped we could leave Japan behind us, but there was some concern,” trainer Stephane Wattel said. “I still don’t have a clue what happened there–I believed he had a good chance, but he was beaten four out and I kept questioning myself as to whether or not I had done something wrong. He was training well for this return, but I didn’t know if he still wanted to fight so he gave us the perfect answer. We were lucky to have good ground and a good pace and the shorter trip didn’t prove a problem. He is good. Period. We will be back for the Ganay.”

Iresine’s handler Jean-Pierre Gauvin is keen on a rematch in the course-and-distance feature, which will feature some big names making their  return. “It was a great performance for a comeback, giving weight. He runs superbly well at Longchamp, whatever the distance or the ground so if he is well he will return for the Ganay.”

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