07/03/2016 3:13PM

Silverware surges in final furlong to win Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud


Silverwave, 10th in the 2015 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, won the first Group 1 race of his career against a strong field in Sunday’s $445,480 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in Paris.

Ridden by Maxime Guyot, Silverwave closed from the middle of the field of 11 to take the lead in the final furlong in the race at 1 1/2 miles on turf. Silverwave (9-1) finished 1 1/4 lengths in front of Erupt, the winner of the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris in 2015. Siljan’s Saga, a 6-year-old mare, finished third at 15-1. Siljan’s Saga beat males in the Group 2 Grand Prix de Deauville last August.

The disappointment in the field was Vazirabad, the 6-5 favorite. He finished seventh, but was beaten only 2 1/2 lengths. The loss ended a seven-race winning streak in group stakes at distances ranging from 1 11-16ths to two miles.

Silverwave, a 4-year-old French-bred colt by Silver Frost, has won 5 of 12 starts for Hspirit stable and trainer Pascal Bary. The Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud was Silverwave’s sixth start in a Group 1. Earlier this year, he was second in the Group 1 Prix Ganay at Saint-Cloud on May 1 and third in the Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan at Chantilly on May 24.

The Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on Oct. 2 is a possibility for Silverwave. The Arc de Triomphe is typically run at Longchamp, but that course’s grandstand is undergoing renovation this year and is not scheduled to reopen until September 2017.

Sunday at Saint-Cloud, Al Wathna won the $144,781 Prix de Malleret, a Group 2 for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/2 miles on turf as the 9-10 favorite. Al Wathna, ridden by Gregory Benoist, won by about a head over 7-2 Impressionist.

Al Wathna, by Nayef, won her first group stakes in the Prix de Malleret. Owned by Al Shaqab Racing, Al Wathna is the latest success in a remarkable season of stakes wins with 3-year-old fillies for trainer Jean Claude-Rouget.

In the spring, he won three Group 1 races in the division – the French 1000 Guineas in May and the French Oaks in June with Le Cressonniere and the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot with Qemah.