Updated on 09/16/2011 8:16AM

Europe: Aquarelliste prevails as favorite


Aquarelliste has all of the biggest 1 1/2-mile races on the European schedule on her dance card after a solid victory over males in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp in France.

A daughter of Danehill, Aquarelliste held on firmly in the Group 1 race to defeat recent Group 2 Prix d'Harcourt winner Execute by a half-length.

Compared by owner Alec Wildenstein to his father's great filly Allez France, Aquarelliste will now be pointed by trainer Elie Lellouche to the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on June 30, followed by the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, in which she finished second last year.

Ridden by Dominique Boeuf, she covered the 1 5/16 miles in 2:11.40 on good ground as the 3-5 favorite. Anabaa Blue, last year's French Derby winner, led to the quarter pole but weakened to finish fifth, beaten 2 3/4 lengths.

Rebelline, the filly who beat Johannesburg in the Gladness Stakes on April 7, was withdrawn from the race. Trainer Kevin Prendergast kept her at home in Ireland as she was in season. Arc third Sagacity disappointed again as he wheeled at the start and refused to race.