FRANCE: Samitar absent as 14 confirmed for Diane

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By Desmond Stoneham
Racing Post

Samitar In the absence of Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Samitar, the only foreign challengers for the Prix’de Diane will come from the Aidan O’Brien stable with Kissed, Twirl, Up and Wonderful all engaged.

Alain’de Royer-Dupre has won the Diane on six occasions for the Aga Khan and he will saddle both Dalkala (Christophe Lemaire) and Sagawara (Gerald Mosse) for his principal owner.

The trainer said on Thursday morning: “I cannot compare either with (2008 winner) Zarkava as I don’t know any other filly at her level. Dalkala is in very good form since her victory in the Prix Cleopatre and I would like good ground for her. Sagawara is progressing all the time but she had to battle to win the Saint Alary. Fillies who win that race easily normally go on to win the Diane.”

The probable favourite Beauty Parlour (Christophe Soumillon) will have Best Of All as her pace-maker while Andre Fabre still has Petite Noblesse among the runners.

The only British-trained runners at Chantilly on Sunday could be the Sir Mark Prescott-trained Worthadd and Fury, who is trained by William Haggis. They were declared in the Group 3 Prix du Chemin’de Fer du Nord over 1m, together with nine others. Shamalgan was supplemented into the race on Thursday morning.

The weather forecast is a little more positive for Sunday’s meeting. Clerk of the course Mathieu Vincent said: “We had 4mm of rain overnight and the ground is now soft. The forecast has become better and I am now expecting to post the going as good to soft/soft for the Diane day.”

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