Hurricane Lane stormed to a decisive victory in the Grand Prix de Paris to double his Group One tally for the season and leave connections believing they have a “serious contender” for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Charlie Appleby’s Irish Derby hero, ridden once more by William Buick, was prominent throughout at ParisLongchamp, running past Aidan O’Brien’s pace-setter The Mediterranean with apparent ease.
The son of Frankel, who was third in the Cazoo Derby at Epsom despite losing two shoes, finished six lengths clear of another of O’Brien’s trio Wordsworth in second.
The William Haggas-trained second favourite, Alenquer, was given a patient ride by James Doyle and picked off a few rivals late-on for third, with The Mediterranean finishing fourth after a brave effort from the front.
Hurricane Lane now has five wins from six career starts and could head back to France next.
Buick said: “This horse is a superstar. He really had the perfect race today, unlike at the Curragh.
“Today’s performance has franked him as one of the best three-year-olds in Europe and he’s an exciting horse”
“The layout of the racecourse, the ground, the rhythm – everything was perfect for him. He has a good cruising speed and a strong acceleration. Even more so, he is a very relaxed horse in his head.
“Off the back of that, I think that the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe has to be a serious option for the autumn time.”
Appleby believes he is one of the leading lights in this year’s Classic division.
He said: “He’s obviously been a very exciting horse to deal with and he’s only been beaten once in his life and that was in the Derby when I felt inexperience caught us out. Today’s performance has franked him as one of the best three-year-olds in Europe and he’s an exciting horse.
“As we always do, we’ll allow the dust to settle but you would have to be thinking about him as a serious contender for the Arc.
“We’ll give him a bit of a break now because he’s run in an English Derby, and Irish Derby and then backed it up two and a half weeks later in a Grand Prix de Paris. He deserves to have a break, but whether he can give himself a break is another thing.
“He ran in the Grand Prix because he’d come out of the Irish Derby so well. He has a great constitution. He has a great mind and he shows his wellbeing in the morning.”
Buick’s only other ride on the card at ParisLongchamp ended in disappointment as Joe Tuite’s well-backed filly Via Sistina – a 5-1 joint-second favourite – finished last of 10 in the Group Two Prix De Malleret.
The impressive Goodwood winner had raced prominently early but faded to the line, eventually finishing eight-and-a-half lengths behind the winner, Andre Fabre’s Babylone.
Source : Sky Sports