With a sublime display of front running prowess, Silasol, under star French jockey, Olivier Peslier, led her rivals a merry dance in the Prix Marcel Boussac and hold off the determined effort of her stable mate Topaz Blanche to register a 1-2 finish for Carlos Laffon-Parias and the third win in the race for Olivier Peslier.
A two year old daughter of Monsun, Silasol, like so many that have been sired by the stunning German stallion, looked to thrive on the heavy ground at Longchamp. Having taken things up from the gates, Silasol looked to be a sitting duck as the race entered the final stages. With stable mate Topaz Blanche finding plenty under Frankie Dettori and Alterite travelling ominously well under Christophe Soumillon, Silasol needed all of her might to repel the double handed charge that begin to fly towards her outside.
In the shadow of the post, Silasol's leading margin began to dwindle and decrease but at a rate that allowed her to repel her stablemate in agonsing fashion to register a head-success at the wire. "It was a great result" said Laffon-Parias, "These are two fillies who have just won a Conditions race so it was hard to go for a Group 1 straight away but they've been working well at home so we took our chance".
Much had been made of the chances of British raider, Purr Along, prior to the race. A filly from the William Muir stable who had got to within a neck of Godolphin's tantalising two year old prospect, Certify, last time out. However, like many, she seemed to be found out by the heavy ground in the Longchamp straight and failed to fire like many had expected.
The favoured French filly, Peace Burg, was unable to fire in the ground, finishing a well beaten fifth-place after a series of tough races in victory prior to the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac.
~By Dan Munn