What a horse this Skaletti (Kendargent)! He has added yet another win to his prize list bringing his total up to nine (in only 10 runs!) after stealing the show in the Qatar Prix Dollar (Groupe 2). This colt owned by Jean-Claude Seroul, trained at Calas-Cabries near Marseilles by the Darley Flying Start program graduate Jerome Reynier, made his run along the rail, after a late start. Once he found a gap, at the first post, he came to challenge Mountain Angel (Dark Angel), and quickly put daylight between them despite the latter’s efforts. The favourite, Line of Duty (Galileo), will have to do with third place.
Bred by Guy Pariente, sold €85,000 at Deauville to owner Jean-Claude Seroul’s agent Alain Decrion, Skalleti seems to reach his best level only now. His dam Skallet (Muhaymin) won a Listed in Bordeaux. She also gave Skalleto (Kendargent), a Listed-placed for Guy Pariente. Also a gelding, a Kendargent 3-year-old won four races in Provence and just finished 3rd in La Coupe de Marseille (L). An other Kendargent colt was foaled earlier this season.
Pierre-Charles Boudot (jockey of Skaletti, 1st)
“It was halfway down the straight that I sensed that this horse of Olivier Peslier’s would go far, and that those on his left were fading. I thought I should take advantage of this. My horse was relaxed, he was very comfortable on this ground. I found a gap and he pushed along courageously. Today, we see that he runs over this distance without a problem. He’s a great horse.”
Jérôme Reynier (trainer of Skaletti, 1st)
“We supplemented Skaletti in the Qatar Prix Dollar mainly because we couldn’t have Pierre-Charles Boudot for the Qatar Prix Wildenstein. Pierre Charles was the perfect rider. He’s a horse who has always won a shade cosily. He was a bit anxious and we will wait and see about what we are going to do next, but we will certainly go abroad.”
Charlie Appleby (trainer of Line of Duty, 3rd)
“The ground is very soft. This didn’t bother him during the race, according to William Buick, but he still wasn’t able to reach his full acceleration in the straight on this ground. I imagine we will be heading towards the Breeders’ Cup Mile in Santa Anita.”