10/29/2001 1:00AM

Parisia a question in debut at 2 turns


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Parisia, winner of the Victorian Queen Stakes two starts back, tries two turns in Wednesday's $104,000 South Ocean Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Woodbine.

Parisia failed to hit the board against maidens in her first two starts, but began to come around when she finished third behind Jade Eyed in the six-furlong Nandi Stakes in July. She ran another solid race Sept. 3 in the seven-furlong Muskoka Stakes, in which she surrendered a two-length lead at the eighth pole before ending up second to Miss Noire.

Parisia upset Jade Eyed while winning her maiden in the Oct. 3 Victorian Queen, a six-furlong dash for Ontario-sired runners. She closed along the rail in the stretch to prevail by a neck and earned a 68 Beyer Figure.

Most recently, Oct. 21 in the six-furlong Fanfreluche Stakes, Parisia was never a factor while racing wide, and finished nearly 10 lengths back of a streaking Miss Noire in fourth.

Regular rider Constant Montpellier has some concerns about stretching out Parisia at this stage of her career.

"I think she will stretch out," Montpellier said, "but I don't know if she's ready to do it mentally right now. Last time going short, she was never comfortable. She switched her leads four or five times on the backstretch, and I knew I was in trouble. Going long, she might sit on the bridle, gets her legs together and take me to the lead, but she likes to wait on horses. I'm hoping that she just keeps on cruising."

Mike Mattine trains Parisia, who is bred to handle a middle distance.

Rounding out the field for the 1 1/16-mile South Ocean, for Ontario-sired fillies, are Bobdiwaynesueval with Robert Landry aboard; Rosharon, Richard Dos Ramos; Bright Knight, Gary Boulanger; Spanish Decree, Laurie Gulas; Ariel's Melody, Dino Luciani; and Galadriel, David Clark.

Galadriel, an improving maiden, could be dangerous in her first venture around two turns. She is trained by Roger Attfield.

Galadriel lost as the favorite in both of her summer starts, but finished a fast-closing fourth coming off a layoff last time in the Victorian Queen.

Galadriel is out of a Devil's Bag mare, and her sire, Ascot Knight, is a prime source of stamina, so the distance could be right up her alley.

Ariel's Melody is one of just two winners in the field, along with Parisia. A daughter of Sea Wall, Ariel's Melody won for a $32,000 tag in her debut, and is coming off a fourth-place finish in a 1 1/16-mile allowance. Joe Attard trains.

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