08/31/2006 11:00PM

Librettist seeks fifth straight


Librettist will put his Breeders' Cup Mile credentials on the line in an intriguing renewal of the Group 1, $385,000 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp on Sunday. Godolphin selected Librettist over its other Breeders' Cup Mile hopeful, Iffraaj, who skipped Saturday's Haydock Park Sprint Cup because of the soft ground, which he would also have encountered in the Moulin.

Librettist, the winner of the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville last month, has won all four of his starts this season, including the Group 3 Prix Messidor one start before the Jacques le Marois. A 4-year-old Danzig colt, Librettist acts on any type of ground and may actually improve on his neck victory in the Marois over Manduro. He will be ridden by Frankie Dettori.

Group 1 Prix Jean Prat winner Stormy River, fourth in the Marois on similar soft ground, prefers a firmer surface, as does French 2000 Guineas winner Aussie Rules.

Irridescence is the wild card in the Moulin deck. After winning Nad Al Sheba's listed Balanchine Stakes going 1 1/8 miles and the Group 1 Singapore Airlines International Stakes going 1 1/4 miles in her first two starts for Team Valor, Irridescence was switched from Mike de Kock to the Chantilly-based John Hammond to prepare for a tilt at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Group 2 placed at a mile in her native South Africa, Irridescence was also a Group 1 winner there on soft ground and could provide Librettist and Manduro with more than they can handle despite her four-month absence from the races.