04/23/2009 11:00PM

Vision d'Etat heads Prix Ganay


Vision d'Etat should be ready to show his true colors at Longchamp on Sunday in the first European Group 1 race of the year, the $262,000 Prix Ganay.

Last year's French Derby winner, Vision d'Etat was not fully wound up three weeks ago when he finished third in the Group 2 Prix d'Harcourt, but is expected to make amends at his best distance of 1 5/16 miles.

Vision d'Etat will again face his Harcourt betters Trincot and The Bogberry, but this time at equal weights. In the Harcourt he had spotted Trincot three pounds and The Bogberry seven.

Jens Hirschberger sends the dangerous Adlerflug, an In the Wings 5-year-old, from Germany, where he won the German Derby in 2007 and the Deutschland-Preis last year.

Thewayyouare, a Group 1 winner for Andre Fabre as a 2-year-old but a disappointment last year, will be making his first start for Aidan O'Brien. A 4-year-old by Kingmambo and half-brother to four-time Group 1 winner Peeping Fawn, Thewayyouare has not run since finishing 10th in the French Derby nearly 11 months ago.

Johnny Murtagh flies in from Ireland for the ride on Thewayyouare, leaving Jamie Heffernan to pilot Yeats in his seasonal debut at Navan, where the Sadler's Wells 8-year-old will use the listed, 1 5/8-mile Vintage Crop Stakes as a prep for an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in the Ascot Gold Cup.

* The maiden Above Average sprung a 25-1 surprise in the Group 3, $95,000 Sandown Classic Trial on Friday, catching the pacesetting Big Bound on the line to win by a head. A son of High Chaparral trained by Barry Hills and ridden by Michael Hills, Above Average covered the 1 1/4 miles in 2:10.24 on good ground.