08/10/2006 11:00PM

Librettist on the rise going into Marois


Librettist will get a chance to prove just how good he is on Sunday when he travels across the English Channel for Deauville's Group 1, $768,000 mile, the Prix Jacque le Marois.

A 4-year old son of Danzig owned by Godolphin, Librettist is a half-brother to Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes winner Dubai Destination. Librettist, who sat out all of his 3-year-old season, has lost just once in six career starts. This year he has moved quickly through the ranks, winning a Nottingham allowance, a Windsor listed event, and the Group 3 Prix Messidor, all at or about a mile. He won the Messidor in front-running style on a straight Maisons-Laffitte course that is very similar to Deauville's.

A pair of French-trained 3-year-olds will try to spoil the Godolphin party: Stormy River and Kentucky Dynamite. They are coming off a one-two finish in the one-mile Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly.

Manduro, second or third in three Group 1's for trainer Andre Fabre this year, will be knocking on the door, while Italy's best miler, Ramonti, arrives in France off a big win in the Group 2 Premio Emilio Turati.

Ad Valorem, winner of this year's Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot for Aidan O'Brien, and Peeress, a Michael Stoute-trained mare who beat males in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes in May, add luster to a sterling field of top-class milers.

* The Curragh will hold the Northern Hemisphere's first juvenile Group 1 race of the year on Sunday. The six-furlong $384,000 Phoenix Stakes shapes up as a battle between Hellvelyn, the Brian Smart-trained winner of Royal Ascot's Group 2 Coventry Stakes, and the O'Brien-trained Holy Roman Emperor, who won the six-furlong Group 3 Anglesey Stakes over the Phoenix course and distance.