has high hopes for Terrakova in
Sunday's Prix de Diane at Chantilly.
The three-year-old is one of the best bred horses in training being by champion sire Galileo and out of Head's great race mare Goldikova, a three-time winner at the Breeders' Cup among many other Group One successes. So far Terrakova is living up to her pedigree, winning a maiden on her only start at two before overcoming trouble in running to win a Group Three on her return at Saint-Cloud. Head has always had this race in mind for his unbeaten filly, but feels she will stay further later in the campaign.
"I think she is very good," said Head. "She's got a good cruising speed but also she can quicken. I know the family well, they are not too precocious so I didn't want to over-face her last season. For the moment 10 furlongs is her trip, but she finished off her last race very strongly and I'm confident she'll stay a mile and a half. She didn't have the clearest of runs that day but she found another gear, she's smart. I've also left another filly in, Listen In, but I'm not sure she'll run. I just want to see who else is running first."
Terrakova is one of 24 fillies still in the mix for the Group One heat, which is also known as the French Oaks.
John Gosden's Shutter Speed, winner of the Musidora at York last month, is one of just two British-trained possibles at this stage along with Charlie Appleby's Sobetsu, who was a Group One winner in France last month but disappointed in the Oaks at Epsom.
O'Brien has left in his Guineas
and Oaks runner-up Rhododendron, Roly Poly and Pocketfullofdreams while Andre
Fabre could run Kitesurf.