Prix Sigy : a sprint for the long run

11 April 2019

Prix Sigy : a sprint for the long run

Photo Prix Sigy 2018

Main race on the card on Saturday, April 13 in Chantilly, the Prix Sigy (Gr3) is a sprint for 3-year-old over 5 ½ furlongs. This sort of races has received plenty of support from our British neighbours, and plenty of success for their horses too. Three of them have crossed the Channel this time to take over from their compatriot Sands of Mali (Panis), winner of last year’s edition for Britain even though he was bred in France. He went on to win the British Champions Sprint Stakes (Gr1) at Ascot on Champions Day in October.

Karl Burke trains last year's third in the Darley Prix Robert Papin (Gr2) and the Darley Prix Morny (Gr1), True Mason (Mason). He probably is the best raider on the ratings, but Barbill (Zebedee) finished last season with a win in the Prix Yacowlef (L), beating 4th-placed Munitions, recent winner of the Prix Djebel (Gr3), by more than five lengths. Trained by Mick Channon, Barbill has just finished fourth in a Listed event at Newcastle.

The champion of the French team is not easy to pick, none of them competing with the British invaders on the ratings’ table. Ilanga (Penny's Picnic) is the only one to have won this year. Happy Odyssey (Camacho) beat her in their only meeting so far, last year at Maisons-Laffitte over 1,300 metres in the Prix Saraca (L).

Prix Sigy starts at 2:52 PM in France.