Qatar Jean-Luc Lagardère Report: Sealiway flies away

4 October 2020

Qatar Jean-Luc Lagardère Report: Sealiway flies away


Sunday, October 4, 2020, ParisLongchamp. - The French 2-year-old Sealiway (Galiway), bred by Guy Pariente, crushed his 4 rivals in the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (Gr1), a Grand Critérium which he won by eight lengths over the favourite Nando Parrado (Kodiac), previously 2nd in the Darley Prix Morny (Gr1). Trained in Calas, near Marseilles, by Frédéric Rossi for the Haras de la Gousserie of the Chehboub family and the breeder Guy Pariente, Sealiway won here his fourth race in six outings. Sold on the Deauville ring, he had easily won his first two races at Saint-Cloud and Chantilly, before finishing third in the Prix Roland de Chambure (L). He won again at Vichy in the Prix des Jouvenceaux and Jouvencelles (L), over 7 furlongs, and was then second at ParisLongchamp in the Prix La Rochette (Gr3), without perhaps getting a clean run in the late stages of the race.
It is a complete success for Guy Pariente, breeder of the winner, whose sire Galiway is based at his stud farm in Colleville. He also bredthe dam of the winner Kensea (Kendargent), from another of his stallions, who had raced for him ...
After Sealiway, Kensea gave her own brother, born in 2019.


What they said

Frédéric Rossi (the trainer of Sealiway, 1st)

« After he won in May we were thinking in terms of aiming him at the Prix Morny. However, we harboured reservations about the trip. We ran him at Chantilly and he wasn’t very convincing. We then reasoned that the colt needed to be stepped up in trip. In the Prix Roland de Chambure, he got outpaced. I told Mickaël Barzalona to give him an energetic ride. He’s a very tough type but isn’t the sort that can produce a sudden burst of acceleration. He will be heading for the Poule [d’Essai des Poulains] [French 2,000 Guineas) at three, however, his season hasn’t [necessarily] ended. As it’s possible that he may go on his travels. We’re thinking in terms of the Breeders’ Cup. »

Mickaël Barzalona (the jockey of Sealiway, 1st)

« Frédéric Rossi told me to make it a true test from some way out and the pace was standard.

The front runner soon weakened in the straight. So I took advantage by making a forward move. The last time I rode him, I didn’t know him and thought I was going to win easily. He gives the impression of travelling very easily, but without the required turn of foot. On the hand, he tends to pick up steadily. »

Fearghal Hogann (the co-owner of Law of Indices, 3rd)

« We’re delighted. The ground was definitely too soft for him. So we’re going to rough him off for the season with a view to next year. It’s great to get a Group 1 placing. We don’t know if he will go further. He was an 8.000 € purchase at the Goffs sales last October (2019). So to be competing at this level is simply great. »