ROYALLIEU GLORY FOR FRANKEL'S ANAPURNA
Taken from Thoroughbred Daily News, 6th October 2019:
It was almost inevitable that the inaugural running of the Qatar Prix de Royallieu as a Group 1 contest over 14 furlongs would fall to John Gosden and it was Frankie Dettori who ensured that result when making virtually all on Anapurna (FRANKEL) in the centrepiece of ParisLongchamp’s Saturday card.
Forced into an unenviable choice between Meon Valley Stud’s Gr.1 Epsom Oaks heroine and Lah Ti Dar (Dubawi) due to the stable’s sheer strength in depth with its fillies and mares, the rider who had already steered 16 top-level winners this term was proven right again.
Sent straight to the front after the debacle of her latest seventh in the Gr.1 Prix Vermeille, the 7-2 second favourite was pressed by Lah Ti Dar inside the final half mile and no sooner had she negated that threat than she had the Gr.2 Park Hill one-two Enbihaar (Redoute’s Choice) and Delphinia (Galileo) to contend with in the final two furlongs. Hanging tough, the homebred kept finding to prevail by 1 1/4 lengths from the latter, who split the stable’s duo as she denied Enbihaar second by a short head. There was a lengthy stewards’ inquiry into interference caused by the winner late on, but the result was left to stand. "She saw the trip out well, is very tough and is clearly a very talented filly," Dettori said. "This win was my 17th Group 1 success of the season, which is a personal best and I’m very happy."
"It was the plan to dictate from the front and make it a true test," assistant trainer Thady Gosden said. "She missed the break in the Prix Vermeille last time, didn’t have the best of trips and so it was a race to forget."
Still lightly-raced, Anapurna was having only her fourth start in the Oaks and had been off for 3 1/2 months when coming out for the Vermeille, so it was not a surprise to hear the trainer’s son state that there could be more to come. "There are a number of possibilities for her before the end of the season and she might stay in training next year," he added. "It’s up to the owners if she runs again, but there is the [British Champions] Fillies & Mares at Ascot and possibly the Breeders’ Cup, we’ll see. Enbihaar ran well, but doesn’t have a record on this type of ground so maybe that was slightly against her. Lah Ti Dar enjoyed the ground, but was beaten by better horses on the day."
Date: 7 October 2019