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Simeen Scores in Prix de la Pistole at Chantilly 2020-05-13

Wednesday, 2020, May 13
ga Khas Studs Tweeted - Simeen came from last to first to win the Prix de la Pistole on seasonal debut today. She remains unbeat
By Scott Burton/Racing Post

Lope de Vega filly is now second favorite for the French One Thousand Guineas (G1).

he Aga Khan's Simeen is now just 5-1 for the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French One Thousand Guineas, G1) with Coral and Betfair after getting up under a hand ride from Christophe Soumillon in the Prix de la Pistole at Chantilly on May 13.

The daughter of Lope de Vega is now 3-for-3, and trainer Jean-Claude Rouget believes she has a big future, even though she has yet to contest a pattern race.

"We hesitated between this race and the Prix de la Grotte (G3) for some time and have ended up making the right choice," Rouget said. "She has had less of a hard time and is still unbeaten. She made up quite a lot of ground, which is not easy to do on this type of ground, and doesn't seem to have had a tough race.

"I thought she was good on her debut at Saint-Cloud, but we decided against forcing things in (a group race like) the Prix des Reservoirs (G3), knowing that with the Aga Khan's horses, you are better looking after them for their 3-year-old career. I really like the way she won there."

Tropbeau, who won the Prix de la Grotte at ParisLongchamp on May 11, is the 7-4 favorite with both firms, but the Chantilly class 1 won by Simeen—although it has changed name and venue several times—has produced decent fillies in recent years, including Come Alive and Siyarafina, who went on to win the Saxon Warrior Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary (G1) last season.

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