Jessica Harrington is hoping Moyglare Stud’s expensive gamble on Trevaunance will pay off in Sunday’s Group 1 Prix de L’Opera Longines, writes Tom Masters.
Moyglare have already had to finance two successful trips over the English Channel this year – winning both the Group 2 Prix de la Nonette and the Group 3 Prix de Psyche.
As Trevaunance looks to complete a unique French treble, with wins at Group 1, 2 and 3 this year - there has been a further €38,000 spent in getting to Longchamp.
Harrington recommended her horse to the Stud for this race and is feeling positive that it will prove to be another successful gamble.
She told the Racing Post: “Hopefully it's a good chance for her to run in a Group 1 so we're rolling the dice.
"She's always looked a nice filly and has gone from strength to strength in her last few runs.
"She's a big, long-striding filly and she probably doesn't do anything very quickly but when you wind her up and get her going, she lengthens her stride.
“We'll also run Pivotal Trigger at Longchamp on Sunday in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.”
The Prix de L’Opera, part of an incredible undercard to Longchamp’s showpiece Qatar Prix Arc de Triomphe, sees strong Irish competition with some serious heavy hitters hoping to take home the €500,000 prize winnings.
Trevaunance, whose two other wins have come at Cork and Limerick, will be competing against the likes of Aidan O’Brien’s Yorkshire Oaks winner Tuesday and Joseph O’Brien’s Above the Curve.
Harrington suffered heartbreak when last entering the Prix de L’Opera, with Alpine Star coming so close to glory.
She led two furlongs out but ended up finishing second when Dermot Weld’s Tarnawa edged the race by a short neck in an Irish one-two.
Pivotal Trigger finished third at Longchamp at Group 3 level as earlier this month and comes in as an 11/1 shot to claim another of Sunday’s Group 1s, with Aidan O’Brien’s The Antarctic and Johnny Murtagh’s Shartash the two favourites in another race
with strong Irish hopes.