John Gosden’s admirable filly Izzi Top rarely runs a bad race and again put up a fine performance when going down with all guns blazing in finishing a brave second to Ridasiyna in the Group 1 Prix de l’Opera Longines at Longchamp on Arc day. After which her trainer ruled out any trans-Atlantic bid for further honours in next month’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, writes Elliot Slater.
The four-year-old is certainly among the latest horse market movers after running well on all starts this term and looked to have stolen the prestigious French contest when scooting into the lead under William Buick two furlongs from home with most of her rivals apparently toiling.
But in a scene that was to be repeated with even more dramatic effect in the Arc just an hour or so later, the daughter of Pivotal began to tie up inside the final furlong and local hope Ridasiyna, (clearly relishing the heavy ground), came storming by inside the final furlong to score impressively by three-and-a-half lengths.
Gosden, who has a clear lead now in the British trainer championship with only four weeks of the season left, was far from disappointed with the defeat and felt that on better ground this season’s Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes winner would have lasted home in front.
Although he suggested that the Helena Springfield home bred filly might have one more outing this term, the Newmarket handler made it clear that a trip to the US for the Breeders’ Cup is not on the cards, despite featuring heavily in early Breeders Cup 2012 Betting markets. She does still hold an entry in the Group 1 Qipco Champion Stakes on October 20, It would seem highly unlikely however that particular option will be taken up with the likes of the superb Frankel and Cirrus Des Aigles already targeting the contest along with Izzi Top’s illustrious stable companion, Nathaniel.