04/02/2004 12:00AM

Harcourt field looks tough


The Prix d'Harcourt, the first Group 2 race of the season in Europe, has drawn an intriguing field of nine older horses at Longchamp on Sunday, five of them Group 2 winners.

Policy Maker, placed first in the 1 9/16-mile Grand Prix de Deauville last August over last Saturday's Dubai Sheema Classic winner, Polish Summer, is the likely favorite. Trained by Elie Lellouche, Policy Maker, a Sadler's Wells 4-year-old, will be making his first start since finishing 10th in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Oct. 5.

Dangerous on the front end will be the Pascal Bary-trained Weightless, winner of the Prix Dollar at a distance just 55 yards short of the 1 1/4-mile Harcourt.

Coroner won the 1 1/2-mile Prix Hocquart last May before finishing third to Dalakhani in the French Derby. Execute won the Harcourt in 2002, while the filly Whortleberry won her Group 2 in Rome in the Premio Lydia Tesio against her own sex.

Andre Fabre will saddle Short Pause, a Sadler's Wells 5-year-old who was second by two lengths to Weightless in the Dollar.