09/19/2002 11:00PM

Ten-year-old eyes another Group 1 win


Yavana's Pace will use Sunday's Group 1 Preis von Europa at Cologne as a test for a possible run in the next Sunday's Canadian International at Woodbine.

A 10-year-old gelding, Yavana's Pace's victory last month in Cologne's Credit Suisse Private Banking Pokal made him the oldest horse ever to win a Group 1 or Grade 1 race on the flat. He would join his Mark Johnston-trained stablemate Zindabad at Woodbine if he acquits himself well in the Europa.

A veteran of 72 races in seven different countries, Yavana's Pace has 16 victories, including stakes victories in Ireland, England, France, and Germany. He is perfectly suited to the Europa's 1 1/2 miles, but faces a tough task in turning back the improving German Oaks winner Salve Regina, whom he beat by just a half-length in the Credit Suisse.

Narrative was sacrificed as Grandera's pacemaker in the Prince of Wales's Stakes, but he could challenge on the form of his second-place finish in the Gran Premio di Milano. Noroit is a dark-horse threat off his Grosser Preis von Baden third. Russian invader Greben, winner of six straight before failing last time, adds spice to the international stew.

* At Longchamp, trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre will send out promising maiden winner Dalakhani in the one-mile Group 3 Prix des Chenes. A half-brother to Daylami, Dalakhani will be tested by two-time winner Graikos.

* The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe lost another prime contender on Friday when Francois Rohaut announced that Pearly Shells would not be supplemented. Thus, the Arc will be run for only the second time since 1987 without the Prix Vermeille winner, My Emma having skipped it in 1996. Pearly Shells will not run again this year, but will return to the races as a 4-year-old.

* In an interview with Britain's Channel 4 television, Saeed bin Suroor suggested that Sakhee was much more likely to run in the 1 1/4-mile Champion Stakes at Newmarket on Oct. 19 than to defend his 2001 victory in the Arc.