09/30/2017 12:45PM

Vazirabad wins Prix du Cadran as heavy favorite


Vazirabad won his 11th group stakes and third Group 1 in Saturday’s $353,670 Prix du Cadran for marathoners at Chantilly, France.

The assignment was made easier with the withdrawal of Big Orange, the winner of the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup in June, because of soft turf.

Ridden by Christophe Soumillon, Vazirabad (1-5) won the Prix du Cadran at 2 9/16 miles by a half-length over 8-1 Mille et Mille. The race drew only six starters. Vazirabad, a 5-year-old gelding by Manduro, races for the Aga Khan and trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre.

Vazirabad has won the Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak at 1 15/16 miles the last two years, and the same race on Oct. 22 at Saint-Cloud will be a season-ending goal, de Royer-Dupre told the press.

There were four group stakes at Chantilly on Saturday, the day before the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Europe’s top race.

The Juliet Rose (7-5 favorite) won the $294,725 Prix de Royallieu for fillies and mares at 1 1/2 miles for the second consecutive year. Ridden by Stephane Pasquier, The Juliet Rose was always near the front and won by a short neck over Listen In, a minor stakes winner at Clairefontaine in August.

Ice Breeze (5-1) won his second Group 2 race of the year in the $235,780 Prix de Chaudenay for 3-year-olds at 1 7/8 miles on turf, a race Vazirabad won in 2015. Ice Breeze, ridden by Vincent Cheminaud, was never far from the front and rallied on the rail to catch stretch leader Call to Mind and win by a short neck.

Call to Mind is owned by Queen Elizabeth of England.

Trainer Pascal Bary considers Ice Breeze a long-term candidate for the Ascot Gold Cup next June.

Pasquier had a stakes double when Garlingari (4-1) won the $235,780 Prix Dollar at 1 1/4 miles. Garlingari, who has won six stakes, finished a short neck ahead of 59-1 Subway Dancer, the longest shot in a field of eight.

Garlingari, a 6-year-old gelding, races for owner and trainer Corine Barande-Barbe.

In the day’s final major stakes, Soumillon rode 4-7 favorite Taareef to an expected win in the Prix Daniel Wildenstein at a mile. A Kentucky-bred by Kitten’s Joy, Taareef finished 1 1/4 lengths in front of 8-1 Buthela.

Taareef, trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, was second in the Group 1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp at Chantilly on Sept. 10.