Garlingari - Prix Exbury (Group 3)

Best known for her exploits with the remarkable Cirrus des Aigles, Corine Barande-Barbe worked some of her magic with another late-improver here as Garlingari exhibited some of his illustrious stablemate’s determination to land a first group success in the Group 3 Prix Exbury at Saint-Cloud.

Winning his first black-type race in November 2014 in the 10 1/2-furlong Listed Grand Prix du Nord at Le Croise-Laroche, the bay Garlingari (Linngari) was sent out a dozen times in total last year and managed an 8 1/2-length success in the Listed Prix du Grand Camp over a mile and a half in testing ground at Lyon-Parilly in November.

Already a three-time starter so far in 2016, he was second last time in the 12 1/2-furlong Listed Grand Prix du Departement 06 at Cagnes-sur-Mer February 27 and used his fitness advantage to hone this career-best performance.

Quickly in front, he was headed by Sumbal (Danehill Dancer) passing the quarter pole but battled hard to regain the advantage in the last 100 metres and survive a subsequent inquiry into interference to the runner-up earlier in the straight. Affaire Solitaire (Danehill Dancer) ran on for third.

“He is a very courageous horse and it was a fair decision by the stewards to let him keep it, as the second had plenty of time to get past,” Corine Barande Barbe commented. “I bred him too, so I am obviously very proud and he has various possibilities now.”

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News / Turfomania (p)