08/23/2012 1:19PM

Europe: Shareta scores in Yorkshire Oaks


Shareta, runner-up in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last October, won for the first time this year in Thursday’s Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks at York, England.

Ridden by Christophe Lemaire, Shareta fought off a stubborn challenge from The Fugue, the 7-4 favorite, to win by a neck in the race over 1 1/2 miles.

Shareta was always near the front in the Yorkshire Oaks, which was run during a rainstorm. Lemaire had the 4-year-old Shareta behind Was on the backstretch, but was closer to the front with five furlongs remaining. Was held the lead at the top of the long stretch, but was passed by The Fugue with a furlong remaining. Lemaire guided Shareta to the rail closest to the grandstand and caught The Fugue in the final sixteenth.

Owned by the Aga Khan, Shareta is trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre. The Yorkshire Oaks, open to older fillies and mares, was her first win in a Group 1 race. Dupre said a start in the Arc on Oct. 7 is a possibility.

Saddler’s Rock tops Lonsdale Cup

There are two Group 2 races in England on Saturday.

Saddler’s Rock, winner of the Group 2 Goodwood Cup over two miles Aug. 2, is a top contender for the Lonsdale Cup over two miles at York. Cavalryman seeks his third consecutive win in the race, having won the Stowe Family Cup over 1 3/4 miles at York in May and the Coral Marathon at Sandown in July.

Trumpet Major, who won the Group 3 RSA Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood earlier this month, starts in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood. The field of six includes Chachamaidee, winner of the Group 2 Lennox Stakes at Goodwood on July 31.