€80,000 Allez France Longines: India, as usual

30 April 2023

Allez France 23 India

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Sunday, April 30, 2023, ParisLongchamp Racecourse (Paris). - India (Adlerflug), trained in Germany by Waldemar Hickst, had never raced outside of her training country before the 1m2f start of the Prix Allez France Longines (Gr3) against the best runners of the Prix Zarkava (L), among others. The returning La Parisienne (Zarak), who finished second in the Prix de Diane Longines (Gr1) last year, was also feared.

Another top filly, Plesant Jane (Pivotal), was coming off her short victory in the "Zarkava" and took the lead here, followed by India and Mqse de Sevigné (Siyouni), who was travelling outside the leader without cover.

In the final stretch, the frontrunners held their positions and India had to shift outwards to finally being able to place her effort and win at 9/1 ahead of the very brave Mqse de Seigné and the English raider Rogue Millennium (Dubawi), who came to the rail to steal third place from Plesant Jane.

Representing her breeder Gestüt Ittlingen, the 5-year-old India shared the best rating of the race with La Parisienne, who finished in the middle of the course in ninth and penultimate place. She is the eleventh foal out of an unraced mare bred in France, Ivory Coast (Peintre Célèbre), whose sister won at Group 1 race over 7 furlongs at 2.

Ivory Coast is the dam of the good Ivory Land (Lando), winner of the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier (Gr2), among others. This mare also produced Ivola (Scalo), who was absent while still in training at the mixed sales in Baden-Baden in 2018.

India, on the other hand, has raced fourteen times and has only missed the podium twice: for her debut, and in the German Oaks...