08/03/2009 12:00AM

Goldikova back to best form in Rothschild


Goldikova's handy victory in the $360,000 Prix Rothschild at Deauville on Sunday echoed her scintillating performance in the Breeders' Cup Mile last autumn and left no doubt that she is back at her best. In winning her second Group 1 mile in succession, she became the first filly to win the Rothschild, known as the Prix d'Astarte until last year, twice in a row.

The 9-10 Goldikova tracked the lead of her pacesetter, Only Green, and cruised to the lead at the quarter pole under Olivier Peslier. She quickly opened up four lengths on her 11 rivals and was eased up near the line to defeat French 1000 Guineas winner Elusive Wave by 1 1/2 lengths. It was another three lnegths back to longshot Proviso in third while Reggane - runner-up to England's best filly miler, Ghanaati, in the Coronation Stakes - was sixth, 6 1/2 lengths behind the winner. Goldikova's time for the straight, virtually level mile was 1:35.70 on soft ground.

Adding to her July 8 victory at Newmarket in the Falmouth Stakes, the Wertheimer brothers' 4-year-old daughter of the recently deceased stallion Anabaa has now won six of her last seven starts, five of them Group or Grade 1 miles. Trainer Freddy Head will wheel his brilliant filly right back in two weeks' time at Deauville against males for the Prix Jacques le Marois over the Rothschild course and distance. Her ultimate goal remains the Breeders' Cup Mile, but she will have one more outing after the Jacques le Marois before flying to Santa Anita. Head mentioned the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, the Matron Stakes, or the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes as that race.

Zanzibari rallies to take Cabourg

In the Group 3, $115,000 Prix de Cabourg for 2-year-olds, Zanzibari caught the pacesetting Prix Yacowlef winner Sorciere at the sixteenth pole for a 1 1/2-length victory. Trained by Andre Fabre and ridden by Maxime Guyon for Sheikh Mohammed, the 2-1 Zanzibari covered the six furlongs in 1:11.70 and could challenge Coventry Stakes winner Canford Cliffs in the Group 1 Prix Morny on Aug. 23. A Kentucky-bred son of Smart Strike by juvenile Group 2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte winner Zinziberine, Zanzibari had previously finished finished a head second to Cabourg fourth Boltcity in a six-furlong Deauville allowance.

Eightfold Path scores in maiden debut

The regally bred Eightfold Path made his debut a winning one at Deauville on Saturday as he took a six-furlong maiden on good to soft ground by a half-length from Ephemere. The first foal from French 1000 Guineas and French Oaks winner Divine Proportions, Eightfold Path is a Kentucky-bred colt by Giant's Causeway trained by Pascal Bary for his breeders, the Niarchos family.