Luminate impresses in Penelope prize

Freddy Head’s runner claims Group Three glory at Saint-Cloud

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Luminate battled back on the far rail to win the Prix Penelope at Saint-Cloud.

Freddy Head’s unbeaten filly, owned by Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, looked beaten once Homerique kicked on inside the final furlong.

But Olivier Peslier had other ideas aboard Luminate, who showed a really likeable attitude to get back on top within the final few strides and score by half a length.

The daughter of Lawman was claiming a second Group Three, having won the Prix de Conde at Chantilly in the autumn.

Harry Herbert, racing manager for owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said: “She looks very good indeed. She needed an experience like this and it’s hugely exciting.

“Freddy is talking about going for another Group Three before going for the Prix de Diane (French Oaks, Chantilly, June 18).

“We’ll see how she comes out of the race and go from there. She’s got a beautiful pedigree and she’ll have no trouble staying a mile and a half.

“Freddy has an incredible record with fillies so she couldn’t be with a better man.”

Recoletos was a very impressive winner of the Group Two Prix du Muguet.

Last seen finishing fourth to Cracksman in the Champion Stakes, he looks much more suited to racing over a mile.

His pacemaker Oriental made sure there was no hanging about but when last year’s winner Jimmy Two Times hit the front it appeared Oriental had set it up perfectly for his main rival.

However, Peslier did not have to get very serious before Carlos Laffon-Parias’ four-year-old quickened up smartly and won, going away, by a length and three-quarters.

Luminate impresses in Penelope prize
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