08/20/2005 11:00PM

Silca's Sister surprises in Prix Morny


Silca's Sister scored a major surprise at Deauville on Sunday when she upset four group race winners in the $420,000 Group 1 Prix Morny.

The Michael Channon-trained daughter of Inchinor handed Group 2 July Stakes winner Ivan Denisovich a resounding 2-length thumping in the 6-furlong Morny, a race won in recent years by Divine Proportions, Whipper and Johannesburg. She also had Group 2 Richmond Stakes winner Always Hopeful a nose further back in third. The two highly regarded French fillies, Group 3 Prix de Cabourg winner Mauralakana and Group 2 Prix Robert Papin winner New Girlfriend, were fourth and fifth respectively.

A full sister to two-time juvenile Group 2 winner and Irish 1000 Guineas runner-up Golden Silca, Silca's Sister covered the straight six furlongs under Ted Durcan in 1:12.00 on soft ground at odds of 17.70-1. She was also redeeming family honor, as Golden Silca had finished third in the 1998 Prix Morny. A Newbury maiden winner second time out on July 22, Silca's Sister was also giving the Newbury-based Channon his second big juvenile winner this week, his Flashy Wings having taken the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York on Thursday.

* Leading Irish rider Michael Kinane broke his wrist in a spill at the Curragh on Saturday and will be out of action for four to six weeks. The winner of the Juddmonte International Stakes aboard Electrocutionist at York on Tuesday, Kinane will lose his Sept. 10 Irish Champion Stakes ride aboard his King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes winner Azamour as a reult of the mishap. He will be replaced in the Leopardstown Group 1 mile and a quarter by the Aga Khan's French contract rider Christophe Soumillon.