Maurice De Gheest Group 1 6f 101y
- (3yo+, 6f 101y, Class 1, 14 runners)
- Winner €220,500 2nd €70,000 3rd €35,000 4th €24,500
- Going: Good
- Surface: Turf
- Off time: 14:08:18
|1st (13)||2 Garswood||R A Fahey||4||9-2||G Mosse||17/2|
|SP 17/2 opened 8/1|
|2nd (15)||½||8 Thawaany (IRE)||F Head||4||8-12||O Peslier||5/1|
|SP 5/1 opened 11/2|
|3rd (7)||1¼||9 Fiesolana (IRE)||W McCreery||5||8-12||W J Lee||10/1|
|4th (4)||12 Zejel||C Ferland||4||8-12||J Auge||33/1|
|NR (9)||1 Aljamaaheer (IRE)||R Varian||5||9-2||Dane O'Neill|
Tote Win 12.60 Tote Place 3.80,2.20,5.30 Straight Forecast 51.81 Exacta 55.10
Richard Fahey: "It's just great to win a Group One with him as he is an absolute gentleman of a horse - a gentleman with a lot of ability, which is what you want! I can honestly say I've never trained a horse with a mind like his. He literally doesn't have a care in the world. He never sweats or plays up or anything like that. I could put my daughter on him. We tried him in the blinkers and the visor and while I wouldn't say they were a disadvantage, they weren't helping him, so we left everything off today. The only time the blinkers worked was when I used them first time in a piece of work. He worked like a Group One horse that day, but he doesn't need them. There's nothing wrong with his attitude, as he's shown today. The Prix de la Foret has been his main aim all year. He got beaten by a very good filly (Moonlight Cloud) in the race last year and it has to be high on the agenda again. He's in the Haydock race (Sprint Cup), so whether we stop off there on the way to France, we'll see."
Emma Armstrong: "We knew he had his ground and we knew he could do it today. In England he has been very frustrating, but in France he gets his conditions and he runs well. The going was too firm for him in the Lennox at Goodwood. I think he could well go back to the Arc meeting for another crack at the Foret in which he was third last year. We only live five minutes from Haydock and there is the big sprint there, but that could be a bit sharp for him."
Gerald Mosse: "All the way I was going really well, and when I asked him to go at the 350-metre pole he just went and did it. He loved the soft ground and is a horse that never gives up. I have to thank my UK agent Shippy Ellis for assisting in getting me the ride."