Updated on 09/16/2011 8:32AM

Kazzia hits classic Guineas-Oaks double


Kazzia completed a classic double in great style at Epsom on Friday with a front-running victory in the English Oaks.

Her half-length win over Quarter Moon as the 3-1 favorite made her the first 1000 Guineas winner to follow up in the Oaks since Salsabil turned the trick in 1990. It was also the first Oaks triumph for Godolphin since Balanchine and Moonshell took the 1 1/2-mile classic in 1994-95.

At the same time, the Oaks was a victory for the German breeding industry: Not only is Kazzia a German-bred, but so too is Boreal, who earlier in the day had taken the Coronation Cup, thus becoming the first German-trained horse to win a Group 1 race in Britain since Star Appeal landed the Eclipse Stakes in 1975.

Kazzia, who covered Epsom's twisting and turning 12 furlongs on soft ground in 2:44.52, has Frankie Dettori to thank. Dettori, perhaps the best in the world at nursing a lead, was masterful in winning his seventh British classic. He had Kazzia, a daughter of Zinaad, clear at the three-eighths pole and held her together to stave off Quarter Moon's late challenge. It was 14 lengths back to third-place Shadow Dancing, with prerace favorite Islington well behind in eighth after having drifted in the betting to 7-2.

Kazzia will attempt to become the first win the British fillies' Triple Crown since Oh So Sharp in 1985 by going for the St. Leger Stakes against colts on Sept. 14.

By Java Gold, the 4-1 Boreal was an impressive 3 1/2-length winner over Storming Home in the Coronation Cup for trainer Peter Schiergen. Godolphin's 8-5 Kutub finished last of six. Ridden to perfection by Kieren Fallon, Boreal, the winner of last year's German Derby, will return to England for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot on July 27. His time for the rain-soaked 1 1/2 miles was 2:45.01.

Two castles, one tough French Oaks

The European classic scene moves back to France Sunday to the elegant surroundings of Chantilly for a wide open renewal of the Prix de Diane or, as it is better known in the English-speaking world, the French Oaks.

Fifteen 3-year-old fillies will line up for the $475,000 Group 1 race, which will be run at 1 5/16 miles on the idyllic racecourse graced by not one, but two 17th-century castles. Just who will be crowned the Thoroughbred queen of France is impossible to predict, however, as seven of the evenly matched contestants are coming off stakes victories.

Without going too far out on a limb, the selection is Bright Sky, an Elie Lellouche-trained, Ecurie Wildenstein-owned daughter of Wolfhound who has been a narrow runner-up to Oaks rivals in all three of her three starts this year.

Losses to Turtle Bow in the listed Prix Finlande, Ana Marie in the Group 3 Prix Vanteaux, and Marotta in the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary may have left her backers frustrated, but all of those came on good to firm ground. Last year Bright Sky won three times on soft ground and that is what she will get at Chantilly on Sunday. French champion rider Dominique Boeuf has the call.

Will Farish, America's ambassador to Great Britain, could spoil the Wildenstein party with the unbeaten, fast-improving Music Club. Trained in England by John Gosden, Music Club, a Dixieland Band homebred, was an impressive 3-length winner of the listed 1 1/4-mile Prix Melisande last time on soft ground.

Dance Routine is coming off a nice win at Chantilly in the Group 3 Prix de Royaumont, but she is running on just eight days' rest. Moreover, she is cutting back from 1 1/2 miles, so this 1 5/16 miles may be a bit short for a filly who is by Sadler's Wells out of a mare by Shirley Heights. A greater danger is Ombre Legere. Recently bought by Gary Tanaka for a possible run in the American Oaks, she took the Group 3 Prix Penelope on April 10 and is another who likes it soft.

At Mulheim, trainer Peter Schiergen and rider Kieren Fallon, who teamed to win the Coronation Cup with Boreal at Epsom Friday, can score again with Guadalupe in the

1 3/8-mile Group 1 Preis der Diana (German Oaks).