11/10/2008 12:00AM

Zafisio vulnerable at Saint-Cloud


The $320,000 Criterium de Saint-Cloud, France's annual exercise in asking 2-year-olds to go 1 1/4 miles on heavy ground, will be headed on Wednesday by Zafisio, the winner just 11 days ago of the one-mile Group 1 Criterium International.

An Efisio-Zafonic cross, Zafisio doesn't figure to stay 10 furlongs, so the winner is likely to come from among the more stoutly bred, improving types in this Group 1 contest.

Among the four Aidan O'Brien-trained entries are Fame and Glory, a Montjeu colt who took a one-mile Navan maiden race first time out on heavy ground three weeks ago, and Age of Aquarius, a son of Galileo who is half-brother to both Group 1 winner Turtle Bowl and Group 2 winner Turtle Bow. Age of Aquarius landed a one-mile maiden on the Dundalk Polytrack at first asking.

* Estejo scored a 45-1 upset in the Group 1, $249,000 Premio Roma at the Capannelle in Rome on Sunday, defeating the Italian Derby runner-up Permesso by three-quarters of a length, going 1 1/4 miles on heavy ground in 2:06.70.