04/25/2002 11:00PM

Aquarelliste heads Ganay


French Oaks winner Aquarelliste and French Derby champ Anabaa Blue will be challenged by Johannesburg's Gladness Stakes conqueror Rebelline in the 1 5/16-mile Prix Ganay at Longchamp on Sunday.

The Group 1 Prix Ganay has also attracted last year's Arc third-place finisher, Sagacity, but the focus will be on Aquarelliste, who is expected to be a major player against colts this year, and another female, the Irish invader Rebelline.

Aquarelliste's undefeated record ended when a she ran a distant second to Sakhee in the Arc. With only five races under her belt, Aquarelliste, a Danehill filly, still has room for improvement in this, her seasonal debut.

In Rebelline she will be facing a filly who snatched victory on the line from Johannesburg over seven furlongs, well short of her best distance.

Anabaa Blue is winless since his French Derby heroics, most recently finishing ninth behind Sakhee, Aquarelliste, and Sagacity in the Arc. Sagacity has also been a disappointment of late, finishing second to Jomana in the Prix Exbury and 13th in the Dubai Sheema Classic.

* At Sandown on Friday, Simeon scored his fifth consecutive victory Friday, in the Group 3 Classic Trial Stakes at Sandown. Simeon, an ever-improving son of Lammtarra, is not likely to get a chance to emulate his sire's 1995 victory in the Epsom Derby, however, as he would have to be supplemented for $130,000.

A graduate of the handicap ranks, Simeon led throughout the 1 1/4 miles to defeat Kaieteur by four lengths as the 3-2 second choice.

Right Approach, the highly touted 7-5 favorite owned by the queen, finished a one-paced third, 6 1/2 lengths behind the winner. He, too, is unlikely to line up for the Epsom Derby on June 8.

Trainer Mark Johnston, who termed the Derby's supplementary fees "ridiculous," said there were no immediate plans for Simeon other than a brief break, as this was his third race in 24 days.