Preview: G1 Prix Vermeille – Sunday morning Sept. 12

A Breeders’ Cup prep for Del Mar

The stand-out performer of the season, Snowfall has set records in both the G1 Epsom Oaks and the G1 Irish Oaks with impressive winning margins.

The G1 Prix Vermeille (run at 2400m) is the headline race on Arc Trials Day, and it has attracted the best fillies and mares in Europe. This race looks like being one of the 2021 highlights on the racing calendar globally. G1 Epsom Oaks (2400m) heroine Snowfall will take on G1 Prix de Diane (2100m) winner Joan of Arc in an exciting contest ahead of the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m)…

Burgarita remains unexposed compared to her opponents with only four starts. She impressed with a useful third in the G1 Prix de Diane (2100m) on her third outing and has since placed second in the G3 Prix Minerve (2500m) at Deauville. She is capable of featuring.

Arc winner Enable winning in France French

Enable winning in France

Philomene has enjoyed a strong Classic campaign, finishing sixth in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (1600m) before a second in the G1 Prix de Diane (2100m). She would need to step up from her recent fourth in the G2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano (2000m) though. This will be her first attempt over the trip.

After a disappointing run in the G1 Epsom Oaks (2400m), Teona was dropped in class and impressed with a three and three-quarter length win in the Listed August Stakes (2290m) at Windsor. This is a considerably tougher task.

La Joconde
Despite finishing downfield in the G1 Irish Oaks (2400m), La Joconde showed a better level of form when third in the G1 Yorkshire Oaks (2370m) behind stablemate Snowfall. She is probably the weakest of the O’Brien quartet on form.

Joan of Arc
A beautifully bred full-sister to Group One winners Gleneagles, Happily and Marvellous, Joan of Arc was an eye catching winner of the G1 Prix de Diane (2100m). She did not perform up to expectations when third in the G1 Nassau Stakes (1980m) subsequently and may appreciate the return to a longer journey.

The stand-out performer of the season, Snowfall has set records in both the G1 Epsom Oaks (2400m) and the G1 Irish Oaks (2400m) with impressive winning margins. She was a comfortable three and a half-length winner when tried against the older mares in the G1 Yorkshire Oaks (2400m) and is the horse to beat.

Winner of the G1 Prix Saint-Alary (2000m) at Longchamp in May, the French trained filly has been disappointing since. She was beaten less than two lengths when fifth in the G2 Prix de la Nonette (2000m) at Deauville and could plausibly improve for a longer trip.

Source: French PMU

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