By Duane Fonseca
Trainer John Gosden and jockey Frankie Dettori’s weekend was made even sweeter at ParisLongchamp on Sunday by Star Catcher who did the duo a big favour by winning the Group One Prix Vermeille by three fourths of a length from Godolphin’s Musis Amica.
The 3yo Sea The Stars filly made all during her 12 furlong Group One run and though Mickael Barzalona came charging aboard the Andre Fabre schooled Musis Amica, enough had been done by Dettori and Star Catcher to secure victory. Ligne D’Or, also trained by Fabre, but ridden by Vincent Cheminaud, was third a further length in arrears.
On Saturday, Dettori and Gosden combined to land the St Leger at Doncaster with Logician, with Irish Oaks winner Star Catcher adding gloss to the weekend with a fine performance that saw Dettori claim his 16th Group One win of the year.
The flamboyant Italian rider said: “She’s a very good filly. She stays well, she doesn't mind being in front and the ground was slick today and she likes it. I couldn't fault her. She didn't put a foot wrong.
“She was in the stalls for a while, but once she got to the front she was full of enthusiasm. She travelled strong. We went a decent gallop and she kept it up.”
Gosden added: “It was the plan to go forward, if no one wanted to lead we were going to go there, but she got left and Anapurna got left, got pinned in and didn’t get out until it was too late.
“But Frankie got forward and controlled the race and he is a bit of genius when he does that, he rides this course very well. She’s a brave filly, as she showed in Ireland - when they come to her she goes again and that's what she did.
“We said after the Irish Oaks we would come here, that was always the plan. I'll talk to Mr (Anthony) Oppenheimer, there are the options obviously of Ascot (Fillies And Mares Stakes on Champions Day) and Santa Anita (Breeders' Cup), but it's hard to do both, they're quite close.”
“I think she goes on most ground and is probably one of those nice fillies that could stay in training next year - Mr Oppenheimer enjoys his racing.”