NEW GROUP 1 WINNER FOR DANSILI
Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 30th July 2018:
Reverting to a mile after a gallant effort when a close-up fifth in the Gr.1 Prix de Diane, George Strawbridge's With You (DANSILI) justified favouritism with authority in Sunday's Gr.1 Prix Rothschild at Deauville (29th July).
Perfectly placed from the outset by Aurelien Lemaitre, the homebred tracked the pace-setting Crown Walk in second with stamina assured over this trip. Gaining the edge over that rival approaching the furlong pole, the bay drew away to score by three lengths.
"She's top-class and has never run a bad race in her life," trainer Freddy Head commented. "She can adapt to whatever track, but I was worried about the ground when the rain fell today. Obviously that was not a problem and while I have to discuss it with the owner, she could come back here for the [Gr.1 Prix Jacques le] Marois."
With You had the advantage of stamina over these mainly miling specialists and with that in mind, Lemaitre had a stranglehold on the race from the first few yards. Only the Gr.3 Prix Chloe winner Crown Walk offered any concern at any stage, especially as that leader was enjoying what looked like an advantageous strip of ground on the stand's rail, but in the end class prevailed as well as staying power.
Date: 30 July 2018