Chad Brown – Flavien Prat
3-year-old filly – Shalaa – Alpine Rose (Linamix)
Formerly trained in France by Fabrice Chappet, Santa Giulia has been lightly-raced thus far, with this just the third run of her career (should she make it into the field; currently first reserve). She has done little wrong in her short career to date, shaping with promise in a 9.5 furlong maiden on her debut against similarly unraced rivals (towards the head of the betting there). She showed the benefit of that experience next time out, landing a maiden for 3-year-old fillies on her most recent start. Wide for most of the trip there, she ground her way to the front inside the final furlong and just held on from the fast-finishing runner-up, who looked a bit unlucky. That form has worked out nicely, although it was a few months ago now. Both her runs have come on synthetics so far, and with Linamix in the pedigree there is a question mark over very fast ground– her works on the surface have been solid, however. She is well-bred, her dam was a Group 1 winner, although it’s worth noting she did her running on good ground or softer. Santia Giulia looks a bit of a grinder so far and shapes as though she might be better over 10 furlongs in time, and the equivalent of a 72 Beyer she ran last time leaves her with a bit to find here. However, she couldn’t be in better hands.