Giant’s Causeway continues purple patch with York G2 win
The Aga Khan’s home-bred Dalkala (4f Giant’s Causeway-Daltaya, by Anabaa) put in a performance that was full of class on Thursday when travelling from France to win the G2 Middleton Stakes at York. The Giant’s Causeway filly won last season’s G2 Prix Royallieu at Longchamp and her trainer, Alain de Royer Dupre, would understandably now like to bag a G1 prize, with the Yorkshire Oaks back at York in August a possible target. “I know she is a good filly. She was fit and did it well,” said de Royer-Dupre. “Maybe the jockey came too early, but she stays and she never stops. In France we have the problem of races with no pace and with this kind of filly it is very difficult. There was a normal gallop and it was easier to make the difference. “Maybe she can come back here for the G1 Yorkshire Oaks. She stays. She won the G2 Prix Royallieu the weekend of the Arc on soft ground over 12 furlongs. We could look at the G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud but racing in England suits her because of the pace they go.” Winning rider Christophe Lemaire added: “She stays very well and stays the trip so I took the lead a little bit early. After that she managed to keep the rhythm. She deserved to be favourite today and she won well. We are very happy. She is a very easy ride.” Dalkala was scoring four days after Giant’s Causeway had a European Group-race double when Tableaux (3c Giant’s Causeway-Golden Antigua, by Hansel) the G2 Prix Hocquart China Horse Club at Longchamp and Just Pretending (3f Giant’s Causeway-Moon Safari, by Mr Prospector) captured the G3 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown.