06/26/2009 12:00AM

Youmzain seeks Saint-Cloud repeat


Youmzain will attempt to cure himself of one of the most frustrating cases of seconditis seen in recent years when he travels to France on Sunday for the Group 1, $560,000 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

A 6-year-old son of Sinndar trained by Michael Channon, Youmzain has been the runner-up in the last two runnings of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. On June 5, his nose second in the Coronation Cup, in which he split Ask and Look Here, left him second-best in that 1 1/2-mile Group 1 for the second time in two years. The 12 furlongs of Sunday's contest, in which he picks up the services of jockey Christophe Soumillon, suit him perfectly, but victory can hardly be guaranteed, even though he did win this race last year by a half-length from Soldier of Fortune.

An Elie Lellouche-trained entry from Ecurie Wildenstein is led by Magadan, a High Chaparral 4-year-old who has shown signs of Group 1 potential. Third in the Grand Prix de Paris last summer, he won the Group 3 Prix d'Hedouville before finishing a close third in the Group 2 Grand Prix de Chantilly. The winner of that 1 1/2-mile race, Scintillo, invades from England for Richard Hannon.

The Michael Stoute-trained Spanish Moon, a nose second in the Dubai Sheema Classic on March 29, is part of a Juddmonte entry that includes the Andre Fabre-trained Ideal World, a son of Kingmambo and Banks Hill who was a nose second to Vision d'Etat in the Group 2 Prix Niel last fall but was only sixth in the Grand Prix de Chantilly.

Third to Ideal World in a listed race two back, the Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained filly Alpine Rose improved to win the 1 5/16-mile, Group 2 Prix Corrida at Saint-Cloud last time versus her own sex.