07/15/2016 1:27PM

Ultra set for 3-year-old debut in Prix Eugene Adam


Ultra, the undefeated winner of the Group 1 Prix Jean Luc-Lagardere for 2-year-olds last October, will have his 2016 debut in Sunday’s $143,780 Prix Eugene Adam for 3-year-olds at Maisons-Laffitte racecourse in Paris.

Owned by Godolphin Racing and trained by Andre Fabre, Ultra has won three races, including a maiden race last July and an allowance race last September. Mickael Barzalona has the mount on the colt, who is by Manduro.

Ultra is part of a field of 10 in the Group 2 Prix Eugene Adam, which is run at 1 1/4 miles on turf. The race features two runners who were unplaced in the French Derby at Chantilly on June 5 – Golden Bridge, who was sixth, and Raseed, who was ninth. Raseed won the Group 3 Prix Noailles at Chantilly on April 20.

The Prix Eugene Adam is the stakes debut of the Kentucky-bred colt Spectroscope, who is by Medaglia d’Oro and was purchased for $325,000 at the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale. Owned by Godolphin Racing and trained by Fabre, Spectroscope is unbeaten in three starts. 

• The multiple stakes winners Adaay, Dick Whittington, and Sovereign Debt are part of a field of nine in Sunday’s $132,270 Minstrel Stakes at seven furlongs at The Curragh in Ireland.

Dick Whittington may be a slight favorite on the basis of his win in the Group 3 Ballycorus Stakes at Leopardstown on June 16. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, Dick Whittington ended a four-race losing streak in the Ballycorus since the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes in Ireland in 2014.

Adaay, a three-time stakes winner, will be after his third Group 2 win in the Minstrel Stakes. Trained by William Haggas, Adaay won the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury Racecourse in England last August.

Sovereign Debt, a 7-year-old gelding, will have his 43rd start Sunday. Trained by David Nicholls, Sovereign Debt has won four stakes but was second in three consecutive stakes in June and earlier this month in England and Ireland.