10/01/2011 12:57PM

Byword, Rajsaman take Group 2's at Longchamp


Byword won his second consecutive Group 2 stakes and Rajsaman won his first Group 2 stakes since May in stakes at Longchamp on Saturday, the first program of the two-day weekend Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe festival.

Rajsaman won the Prix Daniel Wildenstein over about a mile by a short neck, rallying from fifth in a field of 11 to catch leader Rio de La Plata in the final strides. Ridden by Thierry Jarnet, Rajsaman races for Freddie Head and Saeed Naser Al Romaithi. A 4-year-old colt by Linamix, Rajsaman had lost three consecutive Group 1 races, including two third-place finishes, since winning the Group 2 Prix du Muguet in May.

Byword, owned by Juddmonte Farms, won the Prix Dollar over about 1 3/16 miles for his biggest win since the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2010. The Prix Dollar was Byword’s first win since a Group 3 at Chantilly in June. A 5-year-old horse by Peintre Celebre, Byword has won 7 of 14 starts.

Ridden by Maxime Guyon for trainer Andre Fabre, Byword, 5, closed from fifth in a field of 11 to win the Prix Dollar by a short neck over Cirrus des Aigles. A 5-year-old gelding, Cirrus des Aigles had won three consecutive Group 2 and Group 3 races in France in July and August.

There were four Group 2 races at Longchamp on Saturday, and the other two had short fields. In the Prix Chaudenay over about 1 7/8 miles for 3-year-olds, the filly Shankardeh held off a late run from another filly, Miss Lago, to win by a head under jockey Christophe Lemaire.

Owned by the Aga Khan and trained by Mikel Delzangles, Shankardeh, by Azamour, won her first stakes in the Prix Chaudenay, which drew five starters. Gaily Game, the only colt in the field, finished last.

In the Prix de Royallieu over about 1 9/16 miles for fillies and mares, the English invader Sea of Heartbreak caught stretch leader Miss Crissy after a mile and a half to win by a half-length.

Ridden by Olivier Peslier, Sea of Heartbreak is owned by Hardisty Bloodstock and trained by Roger Charlton. A 4-year-old filly by Rock of Gibralter, Sea of Heartbreak was a minor stakes winner at Newbury, England in July.

Coupe de Ville takes rich Tattersalls

The richest race in Europe on Saturday was the Tattersalls Million 2-Year-Old Trophy, a sales progeny race at Newmarket, England, worth approximately $775,000.

Coupe de Ville, a colt by Clodovil, overcame traffic halfway through the seven-furlong race to win by a length over Tell Dad. Richard Hannon trains the first two finishers. Entifaadha, the 9-4 favorite, finished fifth in the field of 16.

Coupe de Ville, ridden by Richard Hughes, was sent off at 8-1. Coupe de Ville has won 4 of 6 starts, including the minor Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury, England, in August.