04/11/2010 11:00PM

Cutlass Bay wins in Longchamp return


Cutlass Bay remained undefeated on Sunday as he made his 4-year-old debut a winning one at Longchamp in the Group 2, $176,000 Prix d Harcourt, holding on gamely to defeat Court Canibal by a neck. What makes his performance stand out, however, was that this was his first start since having won the Group 2 Prix Greffulhe on May 12.

A Halling colt owned by Godolphin, Cutlass Bay later suffered a fracture to a front leg and was put away for the remainder of the year by trainer Andre Fabre. It was Cutlass Bay s Sheikh Mohammed-owned stablemate Cavalryman whom Cutlass Bay beat in the Greffulhe. Cavalryman would go on to win the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris, the Group 2 Prix Niel and finish third in the Prix de l Arc de Triomphe before being switched to Saeed bin Suroor and sent to Dubai, where he was only seventh in Round 3 of the Group 2 Maktoum Challenge and fifth in the Dubai Sheema Classic.

In remaining with Fabre, Cutlass Bay is now 4 for 4 lifetime. On Sunday, Cutlass Bay, the 6-5 favorite, was put on the lead by Maxime Guyon just outside the eighth pole, and covered the 1 1/4 miles on soft ground in 2:03.86. Afterwards, Fabre said that the 1 5/16-mile, Group 1 Prix Ganay at Longchamp on May 2 was the probable next start for Cutlass Bay, who was bred by Darley in the United Arab Emirates.

Earlier at Longchamp, Planteur prepared for his forthcoming date in the French Derby as he confirmed 1.70-1 favoritism in winning the 1 5/16-mile, Group 2 Prix Noailles. Trained by Elie Lellouche for Ecurie Wildenstein, the Danehill Dancer colt led at the three-sixteenths pole under Anthony Crastus and was ridden out to a 1 1/2-length victory over Godolphin s Fabre-trained Rewilding, recording a somewhat tepid time of 2:12.04 for the 1 5/16 miles.

Planteur had won his previous start on Sept. 24 when landing a one-mile Saint-Cloud allowance by six lengths.

Rewilding is also one to keep an eye on. The winner of his previous outing on Nov. 9 in a one-mile Maisons-Laffitte allowance, he is a Tiger Hill half-brother to six stakes winners, chief among them recent Dubai Sheema Classic winner Dar Re Mi. He will probably find his forte at distances beyond the 1 5/16 miles of the French Derby, which will be run at Chantilly on June 6.

* On Saturday at the Curragh, Aidan O Brien continued his slow start this season when Irish Derby winner Fame and Glory failed as the 2-5 favorite in the 1 1/4-mile Alleged Stakes. A 4-year-old son of Montjeu, Fame and Glory could only manage third behind the 12-1 6-year-old mare She s Our Mark, who beat Popmurphy by a length. Two lengths farther back was Fame and Glory, who had finished second twice last year to Sea the Stars in the Epsom Derby and the Irish Champion Stakes. He was running for the first time since his sixth behind Twice Over in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket on Oct. 17.