06/24/2010 11:00PM

Look for the ladies at Saint-Cloud


Sunday could be Ladies Day at Saint-Cloud when the first three finishers from the Prix Corrida, for females, collide with three-time Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe runner-up Youmzain in the Group 1, $493,000 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

Plumania, Celimene, and Daryakana filled the first three places in the 1 5/16-mile, Group 2 Corrida, but it is Daryakana who is the pick on Sunday. She was giving Plumania seven pounds and Celimene five pounds in her first start in five months that day, as she paid a penalty for her victory over males in the 1 1/2-mile, Group 1 Hong Kong Vase. In the Corrida she was beaten for the first time in six career starts, but will carry the same weight as Plumania and Celimene on Sunday. Daryakana will benefit from her seasonal debut as well as the return to 12 furlongs. Christophe Lemaire rides Daryakana, owned by the Aga Khan and trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre.

Youmzain won this race in 2008 but has failed in 10 starts since then, among them a third-place finish in last year's renewal behind Spanish Moon. His annual return from Dubai, where he was eighth in the Dubai Sheema Classic, was not as good as usual as he was fourth in the 1 1/2-mile Coronation Cup. It could be that Youmzain, a Michael Channon-trained 7-year-old, has finally lost his edge. If so, Daryakana's task will be all the easier.

George Strawbridge's High Heeled finished third to Sariska and Midday in the English Oaks last year, and ran just as well when third to Fame and Glory and Sariska in the Coronation Cup, when she was three-quarters of a length in front of Youmzain. A John Gosden-trained daughter of High Chaparral, High Heeled could sneak in for second with William Buick aboard.

Dar Re Mi was scheduled to run in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud but her owner, Andrew Lloyd Webber, has decided to send her to Sandown for the 1 1/4-mile Eclipse Stakes on July 3. Meanwhile, Royer-Dupre announced that his French Oaks winner Sarafina would be rested for the entire summer and will return at Longchamp on Sept. 12 in the Prix Vermeille, the filly and mare prep for the Arc.

The Group 2, $160,000 Prix de Malleret at 1 1/2 miles is an early pointer to the Vermeille. Sunday's renewal features an intriguing clash between Lady's Purse, the recent winner of the 1 1/2-mile, Group 3 Prix de Royaumont at Chantilly for Henri-Alex Pantall, and the Aga Khan's Shamanova, a half-sister to 1 1/2-mile, Group 1 Gran Premio di Milano winner Shamdala.

Shamanova is coming off an allowance score over the Malleret course and distance. Moreover, Shamanova's dam, Shamadara, won the Malleret in 1996, and Shamanova is taken to emulate her mother.