05/08/2016 2:00PM

France: Prix Greffulhe win may propel Cloth of Stars to English Derby


Cloth of Stars may be supplemented to the Group 1 English Derby at Epsom Racecourse on June 4 after winning his second group stakes of the year in Sunday’s $148,400 Prix Greffulhe at Saint-Cloud Racecourse in Paris.

Cloth of Stars (13-10) won the Group 2 Prix Greffulhe by 2 1/4 lengths over Robin of Navan, the winner of the Group 1 Gran Criterium de Saint-Cloud last November. Cloth of Stars was second in the Gran Criterium, and won the Group 3 Prix La Force at Chantilly on April 3.

Ridden by Mikael Barzalona on Sunday, Cloth of Stars rallied from the back of a five-horse field to take the lead in the final sixteenth. Kidmenever finished third, followed by Apilobar and Le Juge.

Cloth of Stars, by Sea of Stars, is owned by Godolphin Racing and trained by Andre Fabre. Cloth of Stars has won 4 of 6 starts. The colt must be supplemented to the English Derby for $108,200. The race has a purse of $1.91 million-added.

Robin of Navan, trained by Harry Dunlop, is a candidate for the Group 1 French Derby at Chantilly on June 5. Cloth of Stars could run in the French Derby if he does not start in the English Derby.

Japan: 3-year-old filly Major Emblem defeats males

Major Emblem, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2015 in Japan, won the second Grade 1 race of her career in Sunday’s $1,744,700 NHK Mile Cup against males at Tokyo Racecourse.

The victory erased the disappointment of a fourth-place finish in the Japanese 1000 Guineas on April 10.

The 6-5 favorite in a field of 18 in the NHK Mile Cup, Major Emblem led throughout under jockey Christophe Lemaire, finishing three-quarters of a length in front of 5-1 Lord Quest. Rainbow Line, a 39-1 outsider, finished third.

Major Emblem became the fourth filly to win the NHK Mile Cup since the race was launched in 1996 and the first since Pink Cameo in 2007. By Daiwa Major, Major Emblem has won 5 of 7 starts. She won the Grade 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies Stakes last December to clinch the year-end championship.

Owned by Sunday Racing Co., Major Emblem is trained by Yasuhito Tamura.