Shareta shines in Vermeille
Sunday 16 September 2012
Shareta ran out a convincing winner of the Qatar Prix Vermeille at Longchamp to give trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre his seventh success in the Group One race for fillies and mares.
Once Christophe Lemaire sent the Aga Khan-owned four-year-old into the lead early in the straight, the race was as good as over.
She quickly put daylight between herself and her rivals to win as she liked, following up her victory in the Yorkshire Oaks.
Pirika stayed on for second place, with Solemia third, but the Dermot Weld-trained Princess Highway could never get in a blow and was unplaced.
The Aga Khan said of his two-length winner: "I was very happy with that, she's a much more mature filly than she was last year.
"We always thought she was good, but now she has learned to accelerate. We learned a lot from the run at York, which is a very demanding track.
"She'll go for the Arc again. The only reason I can see she wouldn't run is if it was very heavy. She handles softish ground, but not deep, holding ground."
Shareta was cut to 12-1 from 25s by Paddy Power to go one better than her second-place finish in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe last season.