06/30/2013 2:21PM

Havana Gold, Ambivalent get Group 1 victories


English invader Havana Gold rallied to capture the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly on Sunday for jockey Mickael Barzalona and trainer Richard Hannon, as the favored Style Vendome failed to follow through on his victory in the French 2000 Guineas, finishing fourth.

Havana Gold started his season with a second to stablemate Toronado in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket, then finished fifth of 18 in Style Vendome’s French 2000 Guineas, and could only muster a fourth-place finish last out in the Irish 2000 Guineas.

But Sunday was his day, as Havana Gold was switched outside for stretch running room and rallied past the Andre Fabre-trained San Marino Grey to win by a short neck. San Marino Grey was clearly second-best, with Mondialiste edging Style Vendome for third. Style Vendome had his five-race winning streak snapped and finished worse than second for the first time in his seven-start career.

Havana Gold, owned by Qatar Racing LLC, is a son of Teofilio, who also sired Trading Leather, the winner of the Irish Derby on Saturday. Hannon said Havana Gold, owing to a busy campaign during the first half of the season, would not race again until early autumn.

Ambivalent wins Pretty Polly

In Ireland, Ambivalent went straight to the lead under Johnny Murtagh and never was headed in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh.

The 4-year-old, Roger Varian-trained Authorized filly had raced at the Group 1 level only once before, finishing well back last fall in the Prix de l’Opera on heavy going at Longchamp. The course at The Curragh was quick and firm, and Ambivalent benefited from a change in approach, ditching the hold-up tactics that had earned her a second and third in two lesser races this year in favor of a front-running assault.

Ambivalent’s pace seemed solid enough, and a host of challengers fanned out behind her in the final furlong, but she held them all clear and won by a half-length. Was finished second, and Shirocco Star third. The winner is owned by Ali Saeed.

Sky Lantern targets Falmouth Stakes

Sky Lantern, one of the top overseas 3-year-old fillies and the winner of two Group 1 miles already this year, is likely to make her next start in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes on July 13 at Newmarket, her trainer, Hannon, said this weekend.

Sky Lantern would be meeting older females for the first time in the Falmouth but gets a nine-pound break in the weights because of her age. Hannon said her participation was dependent on relatively dry ground.