09/10/2005 11:00PM

Shawanda, Hurricane Run victorious in Arc preps


Shawanda and Hurricane Run prepared for their clash in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with proper performances in a pair of course and distance Arc trials at Longchamp on Sunday.

While neither was fully wound up for their preps, both scored rather handy victories, the 1-5 Shawanda in the $310,000 Group 1 Prix Vermeille for 3 and 4-year-old fillies, the 1-10 Hurricane Run in the $148,000 Group 2 Prix Niel for 3-year-old colts and fillies. Meanwhile, the 5-year-old mare Pride upset Alkaased in the Arc prep for older horses, the $148,000 Group 2 Prix Foy.

Shawanda maintained her distinction as Europe's leading 3-year-old filly with her three quarter-length Vermeille victory over Royal Highness. The Aga Khan's Irish Oaks winner, trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre and ridden by Christophe Soumillon, led after three furlongs, quickened clear at the quarter pole and was not tried unduly while getting the 1 1/2 miles in 2:32.00 on good to soft ground. Ladbrokes quotes her as the 3-1 second choice for the Arc on Oct. 2, when she will try to emulate her sire Sinndar, the Arc winner in 2000.

Hurricane Run was marginally more impressive than Shawanda in landing the Prix Foy. Having prompted the pace of ultimate thrird-place finisher Perfect Hedge, the Michael Tabor-owned, Andre Fabre-trained son of 1999 Arc winner Montjeu drew clear through Longchamp's 2-1/2-furlong stretch to defeat Runaway by three lengths, stopping the clock under Kieren Fallon in 2:30.70. The winner of the Irish Derby over Saturday's St. Leger winner Scorpion, Hurricane Run is Ladbroke's Arc favorite at 5-2, while Scorpion is quoted at 10-1.

Pride, a daughter of 1997 Arc winner Peintre Celebre, prevailed in the Prix Foy by 2-1/2 lengths over Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud winner Alkaased. Sent off at odds of 4.20-1, she was giving trainer Royer-Dupre his second Arc trial win of the day while following up on her Aug. 21 triumph at Deauville in the 1 1/4-mile Group 2 Prix Jean Romanet. Ridden by Christophe Lemaire, she produced the best mile and a half time of the day, 2:29.20. Ladbroke's has pegged her at 20-1 for the Arc with Alkaased at 14-1. Their other Arc prices are Epsom Derby winner Motivator 7-2, King George winner Azamour 6-1, and defending champ Bago 8-1.

*Team Valor announced on Sunday that Australian ace Greg Childs has been booked to ride their Melbourne Cup hopeful Sweet Stream in the two-mile Group 1 handicap at Flemington on Nov. 1.

"We wanted an experienced local rider and Greg Childs comes highly recommended," said Team Valor president Barry Irwin. At the same time, trainer John Hammond said that Sweet Stream would not have another race before the Melbourne Cup but would go directly to Australia off her sharp score in Wednesday's Group 2 Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster.