Jerome Reynier doesn’t care about conditions at ParisLongchamp as his gray star Skalleti looks for a 19th career success at Sunday’s Group One Prix Ganay.
Evergreen Gelding was a last-time winner competing in the Prix d’Harcourt at the same track in early April, beating both Sealiway and Mare Australis to retain his title in the Group Two event.
That clever display of performance was described as lighthearted, something the seven-year-old seemed to enjoy, but Reynier is confident he will be equally competitive on the pitch Longchamp is now labeled good to soft and only better field wins at Prix Exbury and Prix d’Ispahan as proof.
“I’m very happy with him and how he’s coming back from the Prix d’Harcourt,” he said.
“He feels really good and there is no rain but the Prix Exbury has been run on good ground, the Prix d’Ispahan has been run on good ground and Ganay will be running on good ground, so I think if they are I waited for it to rain, we never ran him again.
“It’s part of the game and we know he’s very competitive, even on a good pitch, but when he recovers it will take a little longer.”
Skalleti has a particularly solid track record at Longchamp, with seven runs on the track leading to six wins, and Reynier is expecting jockey Maxime Guyon to use his usual last-gasp tactic.
“The only time he got hit on the ground was horrible – patchy and sticky,” the coach said.
“He won the Prix d’Ispahan there for good reason so I don’t really mind that now, there will be enough pace with Sealiway and Mare Australis who won the Ganay wall in the year. last.
“The race should be run at a moderate pace so we’ll wait in the back as usual and wait for the finish line like last time.”
Skalleti has won 18 of the 25 races he has entered throughout his career and despite his promotion over the years, he has shown no sign of losing his ability so far.
“It’s not often that you get horses for so many years of competition, he’s a beautiful four-year-old, a five- and six-year-old who loves to compete and now at seven he’s still great,” Reynier said. competition,” Reynier said.
“It’s great to be able to keep him in such form, one day he will go a little slower but for now he is fantastic.
“We had a really good feeling about him against d’Harcourt, he’s in great form and he’s in identical shape so I’m very hopeful on Sunday.”
Joseph O’Brien’s State of Rest will be from Ireland for the competition, his first run since winning the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in October.
The Starspangledbanner team also landed at the Saratoga Derby Invitational Stakes last August and are a horse that seems to thrive on an overseas mission having competed in four different countries in nine career starts.
O’Brien said of the four-year-old: “He’s been training well so far this year.”
“It looks to be a very good race but it’s a nice starting point for him and we hope we can run a good race and get his season off to a good start.”
State Of Rest defeated Anamoe in the Cox Plate, a pony owned by Godolphin who has consistently won two Group events, followed by a six-and-a-half-minute win in Group One Rosehill Guineas .
O’Brien said: “The form has been well maintained, all of the State Of Rest form from last season has held up.
“We think he’s matured from three to four years old so we’re excited to bring him back and we’re looking forward to another year.
“He certainly travels well, he achieved it all in his stride last year and we hope we can have a good season with him this year.”
Sealiway was a 12-1 winner in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot in October and a runner-up against Skalleti in the Prix d’Harcourt.
The second run took place on very soft ground and chestnuts were also pretty heavy, but coach Francis-Henri Graffard was confident he could prove himself just as effective on harder surfaces.
“He came so much in his last race, I couldn’t be happier with him,” he said.
“The pitch won’t be a problem for him, he can play well without any problems and we are looking forward to that.”
Sealiway is owned by Le Haras De La Gousseri, the yellow and green silks will also be made by Richard Chotard-trained Smile Makers.
Andre Fabre’s Mare Australis finished with a stellar finish last season and will return to face the two horses that beat him in the Prix d’Harcourt, Sealiway and Skalleti.
Pia and Joakim Brandt are represented by Pretty Tiger, who debuted in the cage, having previously been coached by suspended Fabrice Vermeulen.