05/01/2010 11:00PM

Cutlass Bay stays perfect in Prix Ganay


Cutlass Bay survived a stewards' inquiry at Longchamp on Sunday to win the $398,000, Group 1 Prix Ganay. Godolphin's Andre Fabre-trained son of Halling rallied form fourth to lead inside the final furlong of the 1 5/16-mile contest but was leaning right on Shalanaya. Maxime Guyon pulled Cutlass Bay off the Aga Khan's filly to cross the line three-quarters of a length in front, and the judges later determined that the incident had not prevented Shalanaya from winning. Cutlass Bay covered the 1 5/16 miles on good ground in 2:11.80.

But the Aha Khan and his trainer, Mikel Delzangles, had further cause to lament the result as Shalanaya's rider Christophe Lemaire lost his whip during the brushing. In any event, Cutlass Bay remains unbeaten through five lifetime starts, and while Fabre has not yet decided on his next start, he would appear to be a future factor in all of the top 1 1/4-mile races on the European schedule.

Sent off as the 6-5 favorite in a field of nine, the UAE-bred Cultlass Bay had narrowly beaten Court Canibal by a neck in the 1 1/4-mile Prix d'Harcourt at Longchamp on April 11. In the Ganay, Court Canibal was a well-beaten eighth, 12 1/2 lengths behind Cutlass Bay.

Shalanaya is one to keep an eye on. The winner on Oct. 4 of the 1 1/4-mile, Group 1 Prix de l'Opera, she had not run since finishing fourth in the 1 1/4-mile, Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on Nov. 15 at Kyoto. A 4-year-old daughter of the German stallion Lomitas, she has as bright a future as Cutlass Bay as this was only her seventh race.

* Martin Schwartz appears to have himself another contender for French classic honors this year. The American, who saw Elusive Wave carry his colors to victory in last year's Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, or French 1000 Guineas, was at Longchamp on Sunday to see his most recent purchase, Zagora, win the Group 3, $106,000 Prix Vanteaux, a key prep for the French Oaks.

The French-bred Green Tune filly outclassed her four rivals, leading at the quarter pole and quickly going clear under Christophe Soumillon to defeat On Verra by a handy 2 1/2 lengths, clocking 1:55.50 for the 1 1/8 miles and 55 yards. Zagora had won her first two starts as a 2-year-old when trained by Yves de Nicolay and was fourth in her most recent outing on Oct. 20 in the Group 3 Prix des Reservoirs at Deauville. Schwartz switched Zagora to trainer Jean-Claude Rouget only two weeks ago after purchasing her from Skymarc Farm and Ecurie Monceaux.