Cirona (Maxios) Lands The Gr.3 Prix De La Grotte at Longchamp

Maxios Filly Battles For Group 3 Glory At Longchamp

The talented Cirona (3f Maxios - Coco Demure, by Titus Livius) prevailed in a thrilling finish to the Group 3 Prix de la Grotte at Longchamp on Sunday.

The Christophe Ferland-trained filly made a winning debut last May and after registering her second success in October, she went on to finish a close second at Group 3 and Listed level.

Once again racing over a mile on her seasonal return, the Scuderia Waldeck homebred soon led under Maxime Guyon and was joined by a challenger early in the straight. Running on well under pressure, the bay dug deep as several challengers loomed dangerously and prevailed by a head on the line.

Sunday’s success boosts Cirona’s claims in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches next month. The daughter of Castlehyde Stud sire Maxios also holds entries in the Prix Saint-Alary and Prix de Diane.