Cloth Of Stars goes for more G1 glory in Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud
Cloth Of Stars runs in the G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud over a mile and a half at Saint-Cloud, France, on Sunday, 1 July.
The five-year-old horse, trained by Andre Fabre, has been placed twice in G1 races so far in 2018.
He finished third behind Hawkbill in the 12-furlong Dubai Sheema Classic over 12 furlongs at Meydan, UAE, on 31 March and occupied the same position behind Cracksman in the Prix Ganay over an extended 10 furlongs at Longchamp, France, on 29 April.
Cloth Of Stars contested the G2 Grand Prix de Chantilly over a mile and a half at Chantilly, France, last time out on June 3 when he came home sixth to Waldgeist, beaten six and a half lengths, after failing to get a clear run.
He captured the 2017 Prix Ganay and also put up a very good performance last year when the runner-up to Enable in France’s best middle-distance race, the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
A field of eight goes to post in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, with the opposition including Waldgeist, plus G1 winners Iquitos, Guignol and Bateel. Vincent Cheminaud takes the ride on Cloth Of Stars for the first time.
Lisa-Jane Graffard of Godolphin said: “Cloth Of Stars is on something of a recovery mission in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.
“He is a horse we have a lot of belief in. He has had some pretty tough assignments in the last nine to 10 months, but is extremely talented.
“I think we can excuse his below par effort last time out at Chantilly, in what turned out to be a slightly messy race. We will try to put a line through that performance when he runs on Sunday. It looks a competitive race, with not much between the runners on ratings.”