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Hurricane Lane blows away Grand Prix de Paris rivals

Hurricane Lane backed up his Irish Derby victory with a majestic display to win the Grand Prix de Paris at ParisLongchamp.

The Charlie Appleby-trained colt may only have got up close home to deny Lone Eagle at the Curragh, but there was no doubting his superiority in the Group One on Bastille Day.

William Buick had Hurricane Lane in the perfect position from the start behind pacesetter The Mediterranean, one of three runners from Aidan O’Brien’s stable.

He led into the straight but Buick was always confident on Hurricane Lane and eased him into the lead a furlong and a half out.

The Frankel colt put the race to bed in a matter of strides and cruised clear to score with ease by six lengths.

Wordsworth, another O’Brien inmate, was second with Alenquer staying on well from the rear to grab third place, another length away. William Haggas’ King Edward VII Stakes victor could not get into a challenging position from his wide draw.

Hurricane Lane was cut to 8-1 from 12-1 for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe by Paddy Power and to 6-1 from 14-1 with Coral, who trimmed him to evens favourite from 5-2 for the St Leger.

Buick said: “I would like to start by thanking France Galop, who have worked with the British Horseracing Authority. Their collaboration has made sure that everything was in place so that I could come and ride the horse. On Monday weren’t even sure it would be possible. That was already a small victory.

“This horse is a superstar. He really had the perfect race today, unlike at the Curragh.

“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.”

Hurricane Lane was a narrow winner over Lone Eagle in the Irish Derby
Hurricane Lane was a narrow winner over Lone Eagle in the Irish Derby (Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA)

Hurricane Lane suffered his only defeat in six career outings when third to stablemate Adayar in the Derby at Epsom and 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 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.”

Olivier Peslier, who rode Wordsworth, felt the runner up could benefit from more of a staying trip in due course.

He said: “He has ran well, despite not taking me along early. I had to shake him along to get him to follow the winner, to make sure I didn’t get caught for toe. After that, he was very courageous and put in an excellent effort to finish second.

“He will be better suited by something a bit longer, like the St Leger. He needs a little time to get going but he is quite talented.”

Alenquer could finish only third
Alenquer could finish only third (Steven Paston/PA)

James Doyle was pleased with the way Alenquer finished, but admitted his high draw had taken its toll.

He said: “The draw wasn’t ideal. As we know it’s not easy historically from the wide draw at Longchamp over a mile and a half. I rode him to come home and he’s finished off very well.

“We were on the back foot a little bit and I had a little look up around 800 metres out and I thought we had a bit of a mountain to climb.

“If the pace had held up it would have given me a chance, but they did sort of steady at half way and made it very difficult for me to get into it. But I’m very proud of him, he’s run a solid race and he’s got the trip well.”

Hurricane Lane aiming to shine in Grand Prix de Paris

Charlie Appleby is confident Hurricane Lane will give a bold account in his bid to follow up his last-gasp Irish Derby triumph in the Grand Prix de Paris at ParisLongchamp on Wednesday.

Hurricane Lane got up in the shadow of the post to deny Lone Eagle and have his day in the sun after finishing third to stablemate Adayar in the Cazoo Derby at Epsom.

The Bastille Day feature was not originally on the agenda for the Frankel colt, but he took his run at the Curragh so well that the Newmarket trainer decided to supplement him after the Godolphin-owned colt pleased connections in a workout on Saturday.

“Hurricane Lane heads to Paris in good order. We expected him to need some time after what looked a hard race in the Irish Derby, but he surprised us with how well he came out of it,” Appleby told www.godolphin.com.

“He worked nicely over the weekend and we opted to take this route as there is plenty of time between now and the St Leger.

“This looks a good opportunity to hopefully win another Group One over a mile and a half and he looks the one to beat.”

The other British raider, the William Haggas-trained Alenquer, was also supplemented.

He beat Adayar in the bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown in April and then went on to land the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot on his only subsequent start.

“I was very pleased with him at Ascot. He ran a good race. I’m very happy with him,” said Haggas.

Alenquer (right) steps up to the top level for the first time in the Bastille Day feature
Alenquer (right) steps up to the top level for the first time in the Bastille Day feature (David Davies/PA)

James Doyle takes the ride as regular partner Tom Marquand is not allowed to as he has only had one coronavirus vaccination.

Doyle has not sat on Alenquer, but that does not worry Haggas.

“He doesn’t need to sit on him. He’s a good rider,” he said.

The third supplementary entry taking his chance is Northern Ruler, trained in Germany by Andreas Wohler.

Aidan O’Brien has Sir Lamorak, The Mediterranean and Wordsworth as the Irish trainer seeks to win the race for a fourth successive year and a sixth in all.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has three runners as he attempts to win the Grand Prix de Paris for a sixth time
Trainer Aidan O’Brien has three runners as he attempts to win the Grand Prix de Paris for a sixth time (Nigel French/PA)

Of the home contingent, trainer Jean-Claude Rouget expects his two runners, Saiydabad and Cheshire Academy, to improve on their runs in the Prix du Jockey Club.

They finished fourth and fifth respectively behind the O’Brien-trained St Mark’s Basilica.

“Saiydabad had a good run in the Jockey Club, even if he does always take a little while to get going. It all opened up for him on the rail and he finished out the race very strongly.

“With Cheshire Academy, the draw went against him. We should not forget that he had a little niggle for a couple of days in the weeks leading up to the race and missed a gallop. With all those factors included, his fifth place finish was very good.

“I think that both horses are indifferent in terms of ground conditions, they will both be suited by the step up in trip. Both have had a good preparation leading into the race and I think they have very good chances.”

Hurricane Lane added to Grand Prix de Paris field

Irish Derby hero Hurricane Lane will bid to double his Group One tally in France next week after being supplemented for Wednesday’s Grand Prix de Paris.

Winner of the Dante Stakes at York, the Frankel colt was subsequently third behind stablemate Adayar in the Cazoo Derby at Epsom, before claiming Classic glory in the Irish equivalent – flying home at the Curragh to deny Lone Eagle in the shadows of the post.

Charlie Appleby suggested earlier this week that Hurricane Lane could head straight for the St Leger at Doncaster in September, but has decided to add him to the field for the ParisLongchamp feature on Bastille Day.

He said: “It obviously looked like the Irish Derby was a tough race and we half-expected him to lie down for three or four days afterwards, to be honest with you.

“However, he came out of the race really well, he’s not missed an oat since and has really shown his wellness since Monday of this week.

“We had a discussion collectively during the week and it was a case of either keeping him fresh for the Leger or heading to France – and we just felt waiting for Doncaster was going to be quite a long time to keep the lid on him.

“He worked this morning and William (Buick) was very happy with him. The Grand Prix de Paris is his last chance to run in a Group One over a mile and a half against three-year-olds so we thought we’d take the opportunity.

“Hopefully he’ll go there as the one to beat and if we can bag another Group One en route to the St Leger that would be great.”

Alenquer after winning at Royal Ascot
Alenquer after winning at Royal Ascot (Steven Paston/PA)

Hurricane Lane is set to be joined on the trip across the Channel by the William Haggas-trained Alenquer, who was also supplemented on Saturday morning.

The three-year-old beat Adayar in the Sandown Classic Trial in April and was last seen claiming top honours in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Aidan O’Brien has three contenders in King George V Stakes runner-up Sir Lamorak, Irish Derby third Wordsworth and King Edward fourth The Mediterranean.

Mogul comes good to claim Group One glory in Grand Prix de Paris

Investec Derby hero Serpentine had to settle for fourth as his stablemate Mogul claimed top honours in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at ParisLongchamp.

Serpentine was a surprise winner of the premier Classic at Epsom under an enterprising front-running ride from Emmet McNamara.

Ridden more patiently on this occasion by Christophe Soumillon, the Galileo colt appeared in a good position rounding the home turn, but ultimately failed to pick up sufficiently, although there was promise in his return.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has never made any secret of the regard in which he holds Mogul – and he was the chosen mount of Ryan Moore in the Derby, where he finished sixth, despite disappointing at Royal Ascot on his previous start.

Another son of Galileo, he opened his account for the campaign in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood, before finishing third behind Pyledriver in last month’s Great Voltigeur at York.

Held up for a late run by Pierre-Charles Boudot, Mogul was nearer last than first at the top of the straight, but made stylish headway against the far rail before extending clear in impressive style.

Speaking at the Curragh, O’Brien said: “We’re delighted with him (Mogul). We always felt that he was only coming (to hand) and I kept saying it.

“He was starting to show so much speed I kind of thought maybe we were going the wrong way and we should be going back to a mile and a quarter. I said to Pierre-Charles today ‘ride him for speed, take your time on him and drop him on the line’.

“He’s obviously a fast horse as he’s able to quicken. I thought we were going too far today over a mile and a half.

“He’s entered in Australia, (or) he can go to for the Champion Stakes at Ascot. He could go to America and Hong Kong, so there’s a lot of options for him.”

Serpentine finished fourth in the Grand Prix de Paris
Serpentine finished fourth in the Grand Prix de Paris (Bill Selwyn/PA)

Of Serpentine, he added: “It was his first run back (after a break) and Christophe was very happy with him.

“He had a good break, which we wanted to give him. I was thinking of starting him today and going back for the Arc, but we’ll see how he is.

“I was very happy with how happy Christophe was with him.”

In Swoop and Gold Trip finished second and third, with the British pair of Highland Chief and English King behind Serpentine in fifth and sixth respectively.