05/19/2005 11:00PM

Vadawina looks to stay perfect


Vadawina appears to have a straightforward task at Longchamp on Sunday in the Group 1 $252,000 Prix Saint-Alary, when she will attempt to extend her unbeaten record to 3 for 3.

Part of the Lagardere racing and breeding empire that was bought this winter by the Aga Khan, the Andre Fabre-trained 3-year-old Vadawina, a daughter of Unfuwain, followed up on a 1 1/2-mile debut allowance score in April with victory in the 1 5/16-mile Group 3 Prix Cleopatre at Saint-Cloud on May 1. She is using the 1 1/4-mile Saint-Alary as a prep for the Prix de Diane, or French Oaks, on June 12, when she could run into last week's undefeated French 1000 Guineas winner, Divine Proportions.

The spoiler might be another unbeaten Unfuwain filly, Perfect Hedge. Supplemented by trainer Nicolas Clement, she is coming off a win in the Prix Penelope, a Group 3 race that was run over the same course and distance as the Cleopatre.

Cacique, Valixir, and Australian invader Elvstroem are all looking to bounce back from subpar efforts in the Group 1 Prix d'Ispahan, a 1 1/8-mile, 55-yard race worth $151,000. Westerner will prep for the Ascot Gold Cup in the Group 2 Prix Vicomtesse Vigier at just less than two miles.