06/14/2013 3:18PM

Chantilly: Flotilla seeks third straight major win in French Oaks


Flotilla, who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita last November, will try to win her third consecutive major stakes against a talented field of 3-year-old fillies in Sunday’s $1,320,000 French Oaks at Chantilly Racecourse in France.

The Group 1 French Oaks, known in France as the Prix de Diane, has drawn a strong field of 11 and is run over 1 5/16 miles on turf.

Flotilla, who races for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar and is trained by Mikel Delzangles, won the French 1000 Guineas at Longchamp on May 12 in her first start of 2013. A French-bred by Mizzen Mast, Flotilla won the 1000 Guineas by a neck over Esoterique, a Group 3 stakes winner in April who is part of the French Oaks field.

Esoterique, an Irish-bred by Danehill Dancer, is one of three fillies in the French Oaks field trained by Andre Fabre. He also starts Tasaday, a Group 3 stakes winner in 2012 who was third in the French 1000 Guineas; and the improving Baltic Baroness, who won the first stakes of her career in the Group 3 Prix Cleopatre over 1 5/16 miles on turf at Saint-Cloud on May 15.

There will be strong support for Silasol, who won the Group 1 Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary over 1 1/4 miles on turf at Longchamp on May 26. Trained by Carlos Laffon-Parias, Silasol races for Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, who won the French Derby on June 1 with Intello.

Silasol won the Prix Saint Alary by a short head over Alterite, another starter in the French Oaks. Alterite is owned by American Martin Schwartz, who raced Zagora, the Eclipse Award winner as the champion turf female of 2012.