06/20/2003 12:00AM

Head-Maarek has Paris pick


Jipapibaquigrafo may have an unpronounceable name, but he shows a pronounced preference for 1 1/4 miles, the distance of Sunday's Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp, a $585,000 race for 3-year-olds.

Jipapibaquigrafo, an Irish River colt, ran second to subsequent French Derby winner Dalakhani by a half-length in the Group 2 Prix Greffulhe at a sixteenth farther than Sunday's race. Trained by Criquette Head-Maarek, Jipapibaquigrafo is a course-and-distance winner at the allowance level who appears ideally suited by the conditions.

Vespone, winner of the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat, was a $35,000 supplement to the Prix de Paris. A son of Llandaf trained by Nicolas Clement, he acts on any ground and is in peak form.

Head-Maarek also runs Maxwell, an Anabaa colt who won a course-and-distance prep at the listed level last time. Most dangerous of the three British invaders is Michael Tabor's Magistretti, eighth in the Epsom Derby and best judged by his victory in the Group 2 Dante Stakes at 1 1/4 miles, 85 yards.