FRANCE: Ridasiyna adds to Aga Khan’s strength in depth

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By Scott Burton
Racing Post

Report: France, Friday

Maisons-Laffitte: Prix Melisande (Listed) 1m2f [Round], 3yo fillies

RIDASIYNA (Mikel Delzangles/Christophe Lemaire) confirmed the startling impression of her five length debut success on French Guineas day at Longchamp with another impressive display.

Delzangles had appeared to have been taken somewhat by surprise by the manner of Ridasiyna’s win on that first occasion but the daughter of Motivator was well fancied to follow up here.

After stablemate Parisham had set a decent pace under Gregory Benoist, Lemaire angled out his partner at the two furlong marker before the pair strode clear on the rain-softened ground to score once again by five lengths from Myrica.

“That confirmed her good debut, she’s won easily and we can go up in class again with her,” said Delzangles, who declined to nominate any future targets.

With Sagawara and Dalkala already apparently on course for the Prix’de Diane Longines, the Aga Khan appears to have an embarrassment of riches among his three-year-old fillies this season.

Ridasiyna would need to be supplemented for the Classic on June 17 but, given the Prince already has those two live chances at Chantilly, a step up to 1m4f in the Prix’de Malleret at Saint-Cloud could be a more likely scenario for Ridasiyna.

Also on Friday

Maisons-Laffitte: Prix La Fleche (Listed) 5f, 2yo

PENNY’S PICNIC (Didier Guillemin/Thierry Jarnet) was made to work a little harder than expected in preserving his 100 per cent record by three-quarters of a length from the Spanish-trained outsider El Trastolillo.

However the son of Kheleyf always looked to be holding the runner-up and booked his place back at Maisons-Laffitte for next month’s Prix Robert Papin.

“It’s for the owner to decide but I think he’s done enough to go straight to the Robert Papin without taking in the Prix du Bois [at Chantilly] first,” said Guillemin.

“It was interesting to hear Thierry [Jarnet] say he thought that the soft ground didn’t help and that he would be better on faster surface,” added owner Guillaume Saint Seine.

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