Corrida: Ambition denies Grand Glory

6 June 2020

Corrida: Ambition denies Grand Glory


Saturday, June 6, 2020, Lyon-Parilly. - The Prix Corrida (Gr2) left one of its main contenders when Romancière (Dansili) was withdrawn, leaving only four mares to face the favoured Grand Glory (Olympic Glory). This explains an overly slow pace early in the race, leaving no other option to rider Pierre-Charles Boudot but to take the lead aboard the 2019 Prix de Diane Longines (Gr1) third before the first turn. The race became a two furlongs dash as the fillies entered the last straight, Grand Glory holding on as much as she could only to fall under ultra-fast Ambition (Dubawi)'s assault about one furlong out. She never surrendered, but couldn't quite make it up again and finished second, beaten a quarter of a length with a fast-finishing Spirit of Nelson (Mount Nelson) taking the third place a length behind.

Rather consistent, Ambition really failed only once, in the Prix Madame Couturié (L) won at Vichy by Mutamakina (Nathaniel), but she always finished in the top three apart from that blip, and she closed her 2019 season with a success in the Prix Fille de l'Air (Gr3) in Toulouse. She was coming back here after over 200 days out.

Ambition’s dam Talent (New Approach) won the Epsom Oaks (Gr1). The filly was, however, sold £ 75,000 at 2 in December 2018 and was sent to Mont-de-Marsan with Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte, who is obviously doing a great job with her.