Horses To Follow » Silverwave
Silverwave put up a really good performance to land the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud at Saint-Cloud last Sunday.
A little free through the early stages of the race, he settled into a nice rhythm for Maxime Guyon just behind the leaders before they rounded their first turn. Fourth and travelling easily down the back straight towards the outside, the Silver Frost colt moved to the outside as they straightened up for home, and picked up impressively to strike the front as they passed the 300-metre mark. He looked strong when he hit the front, he galloped on all the way to the line and, although Erupt finished well on the outside, it never looked like he was going to catch Silverwave, who stretched his neck out and had more than a length in hand by the time they reached the winning line.
This was a really good performance by Silverwave. He was ridden positively, up just behind the pace in a race that was run at a solid pace, and he galloped on all the way to the line. He is bred to be a miler or a 10-furlong horse, but he has always raced like a stayer, a galloper rather than a quickener, and he saw out this 12 furlongs well to record his first win over the trip.
He is at his best when he has a fast pace at which to run. A fast-run 12 furlongs is probably his optimum, and he goes well on good or easy ground. As such, he is an interesting outsider for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe now, and he will also be of interest in the Prix Foy, or whichever race is chosen as his prep race for the Arc.
4th July 2016