Very unlucky after getting boxed in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (Groupe 1) in the latter stages, Mohamed Bin Fahad Al-Attiyah’s Mission Impassible put the wrongs to right by landing the Prix de Sandringham (Group 2), on Sunday, 3 June, at Chantilly. Cristian Demuro managed to relax his mount in the slipstream of the leader Efaadah before the combination took the latter’s measure in the straight. Crown Walk, coming off a win in a maiden, finished strongly to deprive Efaadah of second. Mission Impassible is expected to race at Deauville in the summer, but it’s not the cards that she will tackle either the Prix de Diane Longines or go to Royal Ascot.
‘When she worked at Deauville at the beginning of the week, we didn’t overtax her as she had raced three weeks earlier’, said Jean-Claude Rouget, the winning trainer, ‘However, in the Poule d’Essai, she was all dressed up with nowhere to go in the final 200-metres… She needed to get a race under her belt on her return and, what we are doing, is putting the pieces of the jigsaw together. Today, she was a lot calmer than in her previous two races. We wanted to be clear in our minds by giving her another chance. At present, I’m not thinking of going to Royal Ascot with her as it will come too soon. Ditto the Prix de Diane. We are going to train her with a view to going to Deauville and why not have a look at the British programme for fillies?’