08/11/2006 12:00AM

Librettist steps up for Jacque le Marois


Godolphin has always thought that Librettist was going to be a good one. On Sunday, Librettist will get a chance to prove just how good he is when he travels across the English Channel for Deauville's Group 1, $768,000 Prix Jacque le Marois at a mile.

A 4-year-old by Danzig, Librettist has lost just once in six career starts despite sitting out his 3-year-old season. 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.

Frankie Dettori will be aboard as Librettist attempts to join Godolphin's Dubai Millennium, Muhtathir, and Dubawi as winners of the Jacques le Marois, a race that has also been won by Breeders' Cup champs Miesque, Spinning World, Banks Hill, and Six Perfections.

A pair of French-trained 3-year-olds will try to spoil the Godolphin party. Stormy River and Kentucky Dynamite are coming off a one-two finish in the one-mile Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly. Manduro, second or third in three Group1's this year, will be knocking on the door, and 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, and Peeress, who beat males in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes in May, add luster to a sterling field of top class milers.

* The Curragh will play host to 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 winner of Royal Ascot's Group 2 Coventry Stakes, and Holy Roman Emperor, who after finishing 15th in the Coventry came back to win the six-furlong Group 3 Anglesey Stakes over the Phoenix course and distance.

The Anglesey runner-up, Drayton, should be in the mix, but the more dangerous contender is Brazilian Bride. A Pivotal filly, Brazilian Bride made it 2 for 2 on June 5, when he won the six-furlong Group 3 Swordlestown Stud Stakes at Naas. She may just be good enough to surprise the boys.