CAFÉ ALMA finished last but one beaten just under 9 lengths on Saturday on a synthetic track at Pornichet in France. Unlike in her debut, when she basically trailed throughout, this time she was close up tracking the action. She looked to be lacking fitness and, sure enough, when the real running began, she could not keep pace and fell back in the final sixteenth of a mile. Barry Irwin said “She is a big, good-looking specimen with a nice stride, but she is not inspiring confidence so far. This race will promote her fitness, so we should find out what we’ve got in her next start. She needs to step up now.”
SALZENGEL, another of the French yearlings bought last season,
is showing trainer Jane Soubagne talent in her training,
but she is having trouble “getting over the hump.”
The Dabirsim filly goes weak after her breezes.
The trainer hopes to race her this season, but she is not confident in doing so.
HELIABEL has breezed a few times on the grass for French trainer Simone Brogi,
who says she can run, and he plans to debut her in the South of France towards the very end of the season.
The very big (he says she enormous!) daughter of high-flying Coolmore sire Camelot has come around nicely
given her size and backward nature. She was bought last October at the Arqana yearling sale in Deauville.
New in the filly’s third dam since purchase are Tacitus (G1 Wood Memorial)
and unbeaten Irish 2yo Group 1 winner Siskin, both racing this season.
The latest from the trainer. Posting from Savannah Georgia tonight. Spotty e-mail. Partners enjoying the win!
Heliabel, the second runner to represent the 4-filly yearling partnership formed in October of 2018, made a winning debut yesterday at Lyon’s La Soie racecourse in France, when she “ran in on” trainer Simone Brogi, who admitted he was “pleasantly surprised” with the outcome. The Italian-born, French-based second-generation trainer said “It was a nice and welcome surprise. She had worked well a couple of times and I thought she had talent, as I had advised you the day before, but as big as she is and as tight as that track at Lyon on the all-weather is, I did not expect to see a winning race on debut. “Whatever she was capable of accomplishing today, I fully expect to see much better next time and in the future, as she will progress from race to race, as we stretch her out even farther and place her on the grass. She is a promising filly.”