08/22/2010 11:29AM

Million winner Buick doubles up in Prix Morny at Deauville


Dream Ahead provided William Buick with a big transatlantic double at Deauville on Sunday as he scored a convincing victory in the Group 1, $448,000 Prix Morny. With the hurrahs still ringing in his ears after an exhilarating victory aboard Debussy in the Arlington Million just 15 hours earlier, Buick steered the victorious Diktat colt to a 13-1 triumph in Deauville’s premier juvenile event.

But it was a different story for the 1.30-1 favorite Libranno. Never headed in three previous starts, two of them in Group 2 stakes, the Richard Hannon trainee was at the head of affairs until the three-sixteenths pole, at which point he packed it in, fading to sixth, 3 1/2 lengths behind the winner, who set a new stakes record of 1:09.60 for the straight furlongs on good ground.

The 30-1 Tin Horse overcame a troubled trip to get up for second by a neck from the filly Pontenuovo, but all the cheers this day were reserved for Dream Ahead, who was giving his Newmarket-based trainer David Simcock his first Group 1 victory. Dream Ahead remains unbeaten after two starts, having signaled his potential in his racecourse debut when slamming 11 outclassed rivals by nine lengths in a six-furlong maiden at Nottingham. Precociousness runs in his family as his Cadeaux Genereux dam Land of Dreams beat colts as a 2-year-old in the five-furlong, Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes, but was also good enough to beat older colts in the five-furlong, Group 3 King George Stakes at three.

Simcock will aim Dream Ahead at a pair of autumn Group 1’s at Newmarket, the six-furlong Middle Park Stakes on Oct. 1 and the seven-furlong Dewhurst Stakes on Oct. 16
Stacelita confirmed 4-5 favoritism in the Group 1, $320,000 Prix Jean Romanet for older fillies and mares. The Monusn 4-year-old tracked the pace of eventual third-place finisher Board Meeting, led at the quarter pole, but was under pressure to hold off Antara’s late bid by a diminishing head.

Trained by Jean-Claude Rouget for Martin Schwartz and ridden by Christophe Soumillon, Stacelita traveled the 1 1/4 miles in 2:09.30.

Stacelita will go next in the Prix de l’Opera on Arc Day, Oct. 3. That 10-furlong Group 1 will serve as her final prep for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Stacelita will be joined in the Opera by her ever-improving stablemate Lily of the Valley. The 3-year-old daughter of Galileo made it five in a row with a hard-fought head victory over Contredanse in the Group 3, $102,000 Prix de la Nonette with the Schwartz-owned Zagora only a head further back in third.

With Soumillon also on board, Lily of the Valley, who had previously won the 1 1/8-mile, Group 3 Prix Chloe, covered the 1 1/4 miles in 2:11.80 as the 7-5 favorite.