After Andre Fabre’s Al Wukair earmarked himself as a potential 2000 Guineas contender with a decisive victory at Maisons-Lafitte, Pascal Bary’s Senta entered the billing for the fillies equivalent, the 1000 Guineas, after registering an impresive victory in the Prix de la Grotte at Chantilly.
The three-year-old filly entered the Guineas frame at around the 20/1 mark but has now shortened to around the 10/1 mark after this victory in which she quickened up well under jockey Stephane Pasquier to score by a length as the even money favourite.
La Sardane was second with Lady Frankel, thought to be Senga’s main rival in the one mile Group Three event, a half-length behind in third.
This was an impressive performance from the daughter of Blame, but connections are keen to wait and discuss things before making a decision as to whether to go Newmarket or instead head for the French Guineas.
Alan Cooper, racing manager for Flaxman Stables Ireland Limited, who own the filly, said:
We are very pleased. She ran very well, quickened up and won very nicely. Stephane Pasquier (jockey) and Pascal Bary are very happy with her.
She’s entered in the Guineas and she is also in the Pouliches. I think what we would like to do is see how the filly comes out of the race. She is still a little green and we’ve got plenty of time. We’ll make a decision in a couple of weeks.