10/07/2012 3:41PM

Longchamp: Ridasiyna earns berth in Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf


Ridasiyna rebounded from her first career defeat at Deauville, France, in August to score a 12-1 upset in Sunday’s Group 1 Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris.

Owned by The Aga Khan, Ridasiyna, 3, won her first three races from May to July, but was fifth in the Group 2 Prix de la Nonette in August. In the Prix de l’Opera over 1 1/4 miles, Ridasiyna closed from the back of the field of 13 fillies and mares to win by 3 1/2 lengths over Izzi Top, the 9-5 favorite. Giofra (9-2) finished third, a short neck behind Izzi Top.

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Ridasiyna earned an automatic berth to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, with her win in the Prix de l’Opera.

After the race, winning trainer Mikel Delzangles did not commit the filly to the California race.

In addition, trainer John Gosden said that Izzi Top was unlikely for the BC Filly and Mare Turf, even though she earned an automatic berth with a win in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes in Ireland in July.

Ridasiyna, by Motivator, made her Group 1 debut in the Prix de l’Opera.

Delzangles had two Group 1 wins on the Arc de Triomphe program. He won the day’s final race, the Group 1 Prix du Cadran, with the 12-1 shot Molly Malone.

The Prix du Cadran was run over 2 1/2 miles, the longest of the seven Group 1 races for Thoroughbreds on the nine-race program.

Molly Malone, who was ridden by Umberto Rispoli, was always near the front, took the lead in the final furlong and won by 1 1/2 lengths over 3-1 favorite High Jinx. Colour Vision, the winner of the Ascot Gold Cup in England in June, finished third in the field of 10. Kasbah Bliss, the defending champion, did not start.

A 4-year-old filly by Lomitas, Molly Malone won her first Group 1 in the Prix du Cadran. She had been second, third, and fifth in three group races in England and France in the buildup to Sunday’s race.

There were two American-trained Arabians runners in the Qatar Arabian World Cup, the race after the Arc de Triomphe.

TM Fred Texas, the winner of the President of the United Arab Emirates Cup at Pimlico in May, could only finish eighth behind Mkeefa. Rich Frynchman, another American-trained runner, finished 14th.