Doumen plots Siyouma targets
Francois Doumen is contemplating a trip to the Far East for Siyouma after her easy victory in the EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday.
The four-year-old had previously won the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket, beating Elusive Kate, and appears to have really come into her own recently.
Having only had two races by the end of her three-year-old season, Doumen is not surprised that she is now fulfilling her potential.
"She had a light three-year-old campaign and now she is just catching up," said Doumen.
"I would like to take her out to Kyoto (for the Mile Championship on November 18) because of the attractive bonus on offer from winning the Sun Chariot.
"She certainly won't be going to the Breeders' Cup. She's a big girl, enormous, and she would not be suited to a tight track in America. She wouldn't be comfortable there.
"Also we are more likely to get suitable ground out there and I've been very lucky in the East in the past.
"I was chatting with the owners on the plane on the way home from Toronto and the idea is to keep her in training.
"We'll maybe look at the races I won with Jim And Tonic. It would be nice to run her in the Hong Kong Cup and the Queen Elizabeth II Cup - they seem quite attractive at the moment but you can't win them all.
"On Sunday, she won easier that she did at Newmarket and with each race now she appears to be improving.
"I always had a worry whether she truly stayed 10 furlongs and I know they went a slow pace but she finished full of running.
"She's proved she can do it now, she's more mature. She really came to herself at the time of the Falmouth (in July)."