Dettori's Wow wins Prix Morny

  • Last Updated: August 25 2014, 10:03 BST

The Wow Signal maintained his unbeaten record with a battling victory over fellow Royal Ascot scorer Hootenanny in the Prix Morny.

The Wow Signal won again to frank the Coventy Stakes form.
The Wow Signal won again to frank the Coventy Stakes form.

In a fascinating contest run on very soft going, Frankie Dettori had to get niggling aboard the The Wow Signal, who paid 2.6-1 on the local Pari-Mutuel and 9/4 with British bookmakers.

A change of tactics on the gambled-on Ride Like The Wind saw him bustle up Hootenanny in the early stages and prompt the race to be run at a decent pace, despite the testing conditions.

To his credit, Hootenanny had seen off his rival with a furlong still to run, but he was starting to tire under the persistent drive of jockey Leandro Goncalves and begun to drift off a straight course to his right.

The Wow Signal, meanwhile, had made steady progress towards the centre of the course and Dettori brought his mount through with a steady challenge to win going away.

The Aga Khan's Erveyda, sent off joint-favourite with the winner, lost her unbeaten record as a never-nearer third, but she never looked to be entirely happy under Christophe Soumillon and failed to get the clearest of runs as the contest developed.

The triumph was a first at Group One level on the Flat for North Yorkshire trainer Quinn, meaning he joins an elite band of trainers to have trained a top-level winner on the level and over jumps, with Countrywide Flame clinching the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle in 2012.

Quinn said: "We're delighted. It's a great day. I wouldn't say this is what we do it for, but these are the days you dream of.

"Everyone works hard and you hope you might come across a horse like him. We're thrilled to have our piece of it.

"He's crying out for seven furlongs and I would say it will either be the Dewhurst or the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere for him next."

Harry Herbert, racing manager for the owners Al Shaqab Racing, suggested a return trip to France is likely.

He said: "We're over the moon and I thought it was a really superb performance over a trip that is probably getting too short for him, especially with the American speed horse in the race.

"It became a real slog, but he's such a tough horse he battled it out and it's a terrific training performance by John Quinn.

"We'll look to move him up to seven furlongs now. We'll look at the Dewhurst, but I think it is probably more likely we'll aim at the big two-year-old race at Longchamp on Arc day, the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, which is sponsored by Qatar.

"I think I am right in saying this is a first two-year-old Group One winner for Al Shaqab Racing, so it's a fantastic result and he's clearly a very exciting horse."

Wesley said he was Ward was proud of Hootenanny in defeat and he now ooks likely to be prepared for the Breeders' Cup back in his homeland.

"After the race you can look at it 100 different ways and try and work how you might have won, but the end result is still the same," said Ward.

"The jockey said he was changing his lead and changing his lead as he couldn't get a hold of the ground. It's pretty deep.

"He was also on the pace the whole way and the other horse that was with us ended up getting beat 20 lengths.

"He went six furlongs on pretty soft ground and hung on tough, so he should get even further on a faster track.

"We'll take him home now and look at something like the Breeders' Cup.

"We'll try and find a pre-race for him somewhere before that to give him practice of going around two turns."