Red-letter day for Champs Elysees
Champs Elysees enjoyed cross-hemisphere success on Saturday with a G1 victory in Australia and a top staying triumph in Britain.
European import Harlem (6g Champs Elysees-Casual, by Nayef) captured the Group 1 TAB Australian Cup over 10 furlongs at Flemington under Michael Walker.
“He was back to his brilliant best,” said co-trainer David Hayes. “He had a lot of time in the irrigated day paddocks at home and it really turned him around.
“Michael Walker was just outstanding. He found the fast track and he got the money, which was great.”
In Britain on Saturday evening, the William Haggas-trained Dai Harraild (5g Champs Elysees-Dalvina, by Grand Lodge) ran out a 10-length winner of the feature two-mile conditions event at Chelmsford.
The five-year-old, who has scored twice at Listed level (pictured winning at Newmarket), soon led and was kicked clear by Paul Hanagan turning for home.
"Dal Harraild did it impressively. He loves top of the ground and he has matured since his last start. We were not planning to make the running, but they left him alone in front,” said trainer William Haggas.
"It looks like we will be aiming him at the G2 Dubai Gold Cup (at Meydan on March 31) as conditions there will suit him."