Not that anyone could see much of Complicit’s success at Deauville yesterday, as dense fog shrouded the track. Jockey Graham Lee managed all right though, and in the process turned over an odds-on favourite in securing a three quarter length win. He’s now ridden Cole’s juvenile three times and hasn’t been beaten on him.
Yesterday was not the first time Complicit had gone to Deauville, but it was the first time he raced there, as Cole explained to At The Races. “We took him to Deauville for a Listed race because we thought a bit of him but he wouldn’t go in the stalls and (Christophe) Soumillon got a bit annoyed with him.”
Complicit needed some intensive stalls training before he became. …complicit at the start of a race. That paid off at Lingfield last month in the 32Red Conditions Stakes. Lee tracked the leader and race favourite Sir Robert Cheval before quickening past him in the final furlong. In so doing, Complicit earned himself a place in the all-weather championship finals at Lingfield next March.
That race will be over 7 furlongs, half a furlong shorter than yesterday’s race, and shorter than Cole thinks he’ll need over time. His assistant, Oliver Cole, added that they hoped to do more than up his distance. He said, “We thought he was a good horse, but it’s always hard to know just how good. He might have run in a Group 3 in Britain but for the problem he has had with the stalls.”
There’s nothing to say that he wont do just that next season.