04/27/2006 11:00PM

Manduro heads Ganay


Andre Fabre likely feels that the 1 5/16 miles of Sunday's $376,000 Prix Ganay at Longchamp is a little on the short side for his top horses, Shirocco and Hurricane Run, both 12-furlong specialists. In their place, he will saddle the likely favorite, Manduro, in the Ganay, the first European Group 1 race of the season.

Like Shirocco a German-bred son of Monsun, Manduro is 5 for 6 lifetime. He won his seasonal debut in first start for Fabre, the 1 1/4-mile Group 2 Prix d'Harcourt on April 9. The runner-up that day, Corre Caminos, challenges again, as do two dangerous females: Royal Highness, winner of the Group 2 Prix de Malleret and second in the Group 1 Prix Vermeille, and Pride, runner-up of the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup. Another filly, the improving 4-year-old Montare, is coming off a victory over males in the 1 1/2-mile Group 2 Prix du Conseil de Paris last Oct. 16.

* Day Flight and Notable Guest gave owner Khalid Abdullah a one-two finish in the Group 3 Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown Park on Friday. Trained by John Gosden and ridden by Richard Hughes, Day Flight defeated Notable Guest by a length, getting the 1 1/4 miles on good ground in 2:08.17.