09/29/2004 11:00PM

Chic looks tops after beating males


PARIS - Four Group 2 races at Longchamp on Saturday on the eve of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe look unlikely to produce any Breeders' Cup candidates, but the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket has at least two fillies who could wind up at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30.

Chic, a possible for the Mile, and Nebraska Tornado, a probable for the Filly and Mare Turf, will meet three-time Group 1 winner Attraction in the Sun Chariot, a straight one-mile contest for fillies and mares. This spring, Attraction became the first filly in history to win both the 1000 Guineas and the Irish 1000 Guineas, but trainer Mark Johnston said on Saturday that "she will not run in the Breeders' Cup Mile," not least because she would have to be supplemented.

The much-improved Chic is the one to beat in the Sun Chariot. A 4-year-old daughter of Machiavellian trained by Michael Stoute, Chic beat colts winning the Group 2 Celebration Mile last out.

Andre Fabre sends the enigmatic Nebraska Tornado to Newmarket from Chantilly. Last year's French Oaks winner, Nebraska Tornado is winless in three starts this season, partly because of the difficulty she causes at the gate. A good effort in the Sun Chariot would earn her a spot in the Filly and Mare Turf lineup.

The one-mile $132,000 Prix Daniel Wildenstein heads an intriguing but subpar Saturday card at Longchamp.

Keltos won the 2002 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury so impressively that he was rated higher than Rock of Gibraltar until shortly before the end of that season.

After his Lockinge heroics, Keltos was sidelined by injury until March, when he won an allowance. Second and third in a pair of Group 3's in his last two starts, he may be on the verge of returning to top form.

My Risk, a two-time Group 3 winner at a mile who was second behind Whipper and Six Perfections in the Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois last time, poses a threat, as do the Andre Fabre-trained supplementary entry of Cacique and Gateman.

But they must all beware Eclipse West. He recently arrived from Argentina, where he won 13 group races, four at the highest level.

The 1 1/8-mile and 155-yard Prix Dollar looks ready-made for British invader Sights on Gold. The recent winner of the 1 3/8-mile Group 3 Arc Trial in his second start off a 13-month absence, he is a Group 3 winner at the distance and has never been better. He rates the edge over the Group 3 Prix de Gontaut-Biron winner Special Kaldoun and Weightless, who has been unplaced in two starts since winning last year's Dollar.

The 1 9/16-mile Prix de Royallieu is a toss-up between two evenly matched, in-form fillies. Echoes in Eternity is coming off a victory in the Park Hill Stakes, while German invader Royal Fantasy was second in the Group 1 Prix Vermeille.

Mubtaker out of Arc

The Irish Derby winner Grey Swallow and the French Derby winner Blue Canari were each supplemented to Sunday's $1.92 million l'Arc de Triomphe at a cost of $72,000, but of greater importance was the unsurprising withdrawal of last year's Arc runner-up, Mubtaker.

Trainer Marcus Tregoning said that Mubtaker had run so poorly when he finished seventh as the favorite behind Warrsan in the Grosser Preis von Baden that he could not risk him in the Arc.

A maximum field of 20 looks set to go in the Arc on Sunday, for which final entries will be taken Friday.

Current Arc odds: North Light 9-2; Grey Swallow 7-1; Warrsan 8-1; Bago, Mamool, Shirocco, Valixir 10-1; Ouija Board, Prospect Park 12-1; Tap Dance City 14-1; Vallee Enchantee 16-1; Cherry Mix, Latice 20-1; Policy Maker 25-1; Blue Canari 33-1.