Above The Curve shone on French turf to land the St Mark’s Basilica Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary at ParisLongchamp for Joseph O’Brien and Ryan Moore.
The American Pharoah filly was crushed a neck by Ideas Of June when final seen within the Cheshire Oaks, with the latter horse beforehand the runner-up when Above The Curve took a Leopardstown maiden in April.
Returning to a 10-furlong journey and stepping as much as Group One stage, Moore’s mount outclassed her 5 rivals to take up the lead a furlong and a half from dwelling and triumph by a size.
“She’s a stunning filly who continues to be studying, and the regular tempo did not go well with her. She was a bit idle,” stated Moore, who like all jockeys on the Paris observe was sporting a black armband as a mark of respect for Lester Piggott.
“She’s a giant scopey lady and nonetheless has loads of potential, with extra to come back.
“She’s nicely balanced with a pleasant flip of foot. She stayed a mile and three at Chester and I believe a strongly run 10 (furlongs) will probably be excellent for her.”
Hermine Bastide, representing sponsors and house owners Coolmore, added: “She has entries in all the large fillies’ races together with the Prix de Royallieu and the Prix de Diane, however her subsequent race is prone to be the Fairly Polly Stakes on the Curragh.”
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