05/07/2007 11:00PM

Hasili has another sharp one


Champs Elysees added another feather to the richly plumed headdress of his dam, Hasili, at Longchamp on Tuesday as he earned his first black-type victory with a sharp score in the Group 3, $108,000 Prix d'Hedouville.

A 4-year-old son of Danehill, trained by Andre Fabre for Khalid Abdullah, Champs Elysees won going away under Stephane Pasquier at 5-2 in his seasonal debut, defeating Mister Conway by 1 1/2 lengths. He ran the 1 1/2 miles in 2:30.80 on soft ground.

Twice second in Group 3 races last year, Champs Elysees is a full brother to Group or Grade 1 winners Banks Hill, Cacique, and Intercontinental, as well as to Group 2 winner and leading sire Dansili. He is also a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Heat Haze. With just seven races under his belt, Champs Elysees is open to further improvement and could be aimed at the Group 2 Grand Prix de Chantilly on June 3.

Aidan O'Brien has a candidate for one European derby or another in Anton Chekhov. A disappointing fifth in the Group 3 Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown on April 22, he led virtually throughout in Longchamp's Group 2, $176,000 Prix Hocquart, outdueling the Fabre-trained Royal and Regal by a head to win at 7-1 under Johnny Murtagh. By Montjeu out of a Shirley Heights mare who is a daughter of Time Charter, Anton Chekhov covered the 1 3/8 miles in a pedestrian 2:23.00.

O'Brien will saddle his recent Group 2 Prix Noailles winner and Epsom Derby hopeful, Soldier of Fortune, in Thursday's Group 3 Chester Vase at Chester Racecourse south of Liverpool. A Galileo colt, he appears to have a big edge over his four rivals in the 1 1/2-mile contest worth $130,000.- Alan Shuback