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Laws Of Indices rules for Ken Condon in Prix Jean Prat

Ken Condon’s Laws Of Indices was a hugely-determined winner of the Group One Haras d’Etreham Prix Jean Prat at Deauville.

Olivier Peslier had Laws Of Indices prominent throughout in the centre of the course and then held off a series of challengers on all sides in the final two furlongs to win at 28-1, leading home an Irish one-two by a head from Joseph O’Brien’s Thunder Moon.

For County Kildare trainer Condon, this was a third Group One victory – following Romanised’s successes in the 2018 Irish 2,000 Guineas and 2019 Jacques le Marois at this course.

Laws Of Indices had to be very tough, stepping back up in trip and winning for the first time since springing an even bigger surprise in the Group Two Railway Stakes at the Curragh 12 months ago.

He proved himself again, though, to see off Thunder Moon – with Andre Fabre’s joint-favourite Midtown another length and a half back in third.

Condon was delighted that the ambitious plan had paid off, with a horse he knew was still improving.

“It’s just a dream result, fantastic,” he said.

“He got a super ride, an uncontested lead – and when he got there still travelling well, I knew he should be in the shake-up.

“I think he was headed, and he fought back at the end. So it’s brilliant.”

Laws Of Indices has established a handy knack, in his brief career to date, of confounding the odds against him.

Condon added: “These races – 28-1 – (but) the owners are ambitious, and were willing to have a go, not afraid to lose. Sometimes it works!

“I’m delighted the five owners were all of the same mind to have a go, and they’ve been rewarded.

“He’s a horse that’s kept improving, and this is huge for them.

“He was an eight-grand yearling – it’s a great story.

“I thought he’d been sold a few times, but it just never happened. Group Ones are so hard to come by.”

Laws Of Indices was winless in his previous six starts, but Condon had not lost belief in him.

“I knew when he ran so well in the Guineas trial (in fifth at Leopardstown in April) that he’d trained on,” said Condon.

“Under his Group Two penalty there – yes, Poetic Flare won it, but he showed up well.

“Then he ran well at Naas, and you’d forgive him Royal Ascot on very heavy ground.

“He was 66-1 when he won the Railway – he was fifth (in the Commonwealth Cup) but only had one behind him two (furlongs) down, well out of his ground on heavy, really deep ground and finished well.”

Further overseas trips are likely to be on the agenda for the son of Power – after a break to recover from this weekend’s travel and exertions.

“It’s the last three-year-old only of the year – you have to meet your elders now,” said Condon.

“The Haydock Sprint Cup is normally very soft ground, (and) I see him as a seven-furlong horse. I think that’s his optimum trip.

“So maybe the (Prix de la) Foret I’d say – you’d just hope that Longchamp at that time of year is not too deep. It can go either way, but I don’t think he wants extremes.

“With a horse like him you’d look at a Breeders’ Cup Mile as well, because you need pace there.”

Condon also paid tribute to Peslier, who had won the first of his many career Group Ones in this same race on Le Balafre back in 1993.

“One of the guys asked me beforehand, ‘what did you tell Olivier Peslier how to ride him’?” he said.

“I said ‘you don’t tell him what to do’. I knew we were in good hands, just leave it to him.”

Laws Of Indices’ victory was one of three on the card for British and Irish challengers.

Jessica Harrington’s Loch Lein also won the Listed Prix Armandine for Ireland – and at the same level, in the opening Prix Yacowlef, Monmouthshire trainer David Evans’ juvenile filly Choux was a neck winner in the Chris Kiely colours which have been so successful this season with dual Group and Royal Ascot-winning sprinter Rohaan.

Peslier to ride Stradivarius in Arc

Olivier Peslier is thrilled to have picked up the ride on Stradivarius in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The top stayer is on course to join fellow stable star Enable in Paris next Sunday, with the great mare bidding to become the first horse to claim a third victory in Europe’s premier middle-distance contest – under Frankie Dettori.

Having steered Stradivarius to win the Goodwood Cup on two occasions, Andrea Atzeni was due to be reunited with him.

However, he is expected to miss out because, under the current Covid-19 guidelines, he would have sit out the eight-day quarantine period on his return to Britain – and he is required to ride for retaining owner Sheik Mohammed Obaid at Newmarket the following week.

Olivier Peslier has been booked to partner Stradivarius
Olivier Peslier has been booked to partner Stradivarius (Steve Parsons/PA)

In his anticipated absence, Gosden has turned to veteran French jockey Peslier, who won the Arc three years running in the 1990s aboard Helissio, Peintre Celebre and Sagamix, before adding a fourth success aboard Solemia in 2012.

Peslier said: “It’s fantastic to pick up the ride – Stradivarius is a super horse.

“There are a lot of very good horses in the race, of course, but I think this week there is a lot of rain coming – and I don’t think it will be a problem for him.

“He is a stayer and a very famous horse.

“I have the experience and know the track well. I am very confident, and we need to fight for that (fifth Arc win).”

Triple Gold Cup hero Stradivarius is a general 14-1 shot for the Arc, with Aidan O’Brien’s Love the marginal favourite ahead of Enable.

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy has not given up hope, meanwhile, of making the trip to Paris – where his potential mounts include Telecaster in the Arc – without having to quarantine on his return.

He told Sky Sports Racing: “Ryan Moore and Frankie Dettori have been lobbying the BHA, and particularly Dr Jerry Hill, to get dispensation – like professional footballers – that if they passed a certain number of Covid tests leading up to next weekend, and after the weekend and they flew privately etcetera and came into contact with literally nobody, would it be possible not to participate in the quarantine?

“We don’t have a firm answer yet, but we’re certainly hopeful – and it would be fantastic if we were granted that privilege, because I feel like we wouldn’t be putting anybody at risk.”

Oisin Murphy could ride Telecaster in the Arc
Oisin Murphy could ride Telecaster in the Arc (Simon Cooper/PA)

A definitive response appears imminent, Murphy adding: “We’ll have a clearer picture tomorrow (Monday).

“I hope I’ll be part of it. There’s Deirdre (in the Prix de l’Opera) and Telecaster – I love Telecaster, but until we know, I can’t go to connections and say ‘I’d love to ride your horse’.

“I think we’ll know in the next day or two. We do (need to), because it’s unfair on connections if things are left up in the air.

“These are top races, and you want to be sorted and confirmed for certain horses.”