06/26/2010 11:00PM

Plumania noses out Youmzain at Saint-Cloud


Youmzain suffered yet another heartbreaking defeat at Saint-Cloud on Sunday when the three-time Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe runner-up lost the Group 1, $493,000 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud by a nose to Plumania. Rated in last by Richard Hughes in the field of seven, Youmzain rallied strongly through the final furlong but lost the bob to the 6-1 winner.

The agony trainer Michael Channon must have felt at seeing the 9-2 Youmzain finish second for the seventh time in a Group 1 race was intensified when the stewards called for an inquiry as Plumania seemed to cut off ultimate fifth-place finisher Pouvoir Absolu as she took the lead. The stewards ultimately, however, decided to let the Andre Fabre-trained winner keep the race.

Owned by the Wertheimer brothers and ridden by their contract rider, Olivier Peslier, Plumania was doubling up on her recent victory in the 1 5/16-mile, Group 2 Prix Corrida here at Saint-Cloud. A 4-year-old daughter of the deceased Anabaa, she tracked Pouvoir Absolu's early pace, led at the quarter pole and was all out for the victory.

The Aga Khan's Daryakana, who had been third in the Corrida, was sent off as the even-money choice but lacked the needed oomph near the line and came home third, a short neck behind the luckless Youmzain, whose last victory came in this race two years ago. The time for the 1 1/2 miles on good to soft ground was 2:34.40.

Plumania will take the rest of the summer off to be prepared for the Prix Vermeille on Sept. 12 and a likely meeting with French Oaks winner Sarafina. Channon, meanwhile, remains undaunted by Youmzain's gut-wrenching failures. The 7-year-old son of Sinndar will be at Ascot for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on July 24, and then return to France for a fourth try in the Arc.

Never Forget wins Prix de Malleret

Darayakana wasn't the only even-money chance owned by the Aga Khan and trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre to go down to defeat at Saint-Cloud on Sunday. Earlier, their Danehill Dancer filly Shamanova failed when three-quarters of a length second to Never Forget in the $185,000 Prix de Malleret, a Group 2 mile and a half for sophomore fillies.

Trained by Elie Lellouche for Claude Cohen, the victorious 10-1 Westerner filly led at the eighth pole under Anthony Crastus while stopping the clock in 2:34.60.

Lady's Purse, who had beaten Never Forget into third last time in the 1 1/2-mile, Group 3 Prix de Royaumont, was third, beaten a length for all the money. The first three home are all viable candidates for the 1 1/2-mile Prix Vermeille, the filly and mare prep for the Oct. 3 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.