France held its first day of racing in nearly two months on Monday, with three meetings across the day. In Toulouse, the blue and white stars of Al Shahania were victorious in three consecutive races, including the two Listed races on the card!
The first of these, The Prix Caravelle – Haras des Granges, reserved for 3-year-old fillies, went to SAIGA. By Teofilo out of the champion race mare Vorda, she was also bred by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani. She jumped well from her inside draw and was quickly settled in mid-division by the jockey. She sat quietly under jockey Anthony Crastus until the final turn when he began to ask her for an effort. She took time to find her stride, but once balanced she galloped strongly through to the line to win in the final strides from MOON A LISA (Sea The Moon) by ahead.
SAIGA now has the all-important ‘black type’, and plenty of promise for her future. This was a third start and second win for this filly trained by Philippe Sogorb, as she had won on her debut as a 2-year-old at Tarbes.