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Perfect Power storms to Prix Morny glory

Royal Ascot winner Perfect Power returned to winning ways as he displayed an electric turn of foot in the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville.

Richard Fahey’s juvenile had won the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot when beating Go Bears Go, who has gone on to frank the form.

Last time out Perfect Power ran at Goodwood in the Richmond Stakes and suffered all manner of traffic problems before flashing home to be beaten just over a length by Asymmetric.

With Christophe Soumillon doing the steering on this occasion, the Ardad colt yet again had a far from straightforward path. But he was good enough to extricate himself in time.

Fellow Ascot winner Quick Suzy was to the fore for much of the way, but the Queen Mary winner failed to see out the sixth furlong.

Asymmetric was given every chance by Martin Harley, but he had no answer when the eventual winner and Andre Fabre’s Trident came bursting through in the last 100 yards.

Perfect Power and Trident had a barging match over a furlong from home, but once they settled down to battle it out the Yorkshire raider was well on top at the line.

Fahey said from his North Yorkshire base: “That was nice to watch – well, he had that bit of trouble about two out, but when he got in the clear he was good.

“He’s got a proper turn of foot and his best part of the race was the end of it.

“It’s a great result for the whole team and especially Sheikh Rashid (Dalmook Al Maktoum).”

Betfair and Paddy Power halved Perfect Power in price to 4-1 for the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket next month.

Fahey added: “He’ll definitely go for the Middle Park next. It’s not often you make a plan for a horse, but the two races myself and Sheikh Rashid mentioned were the Morny and then the Middle Park and it’s very nice to have one in the bag already.

“We can forget Goodwood now. Things didn’t go right there, but it’s called racing for a reason.

“That was brilliant today.”

A jubilant Soumillon said: “At the beginning things didn’t pan out perfectly because I found myself a bit far back. Going to the final 600 metres, I had the choice of either challenging wide or coming alone with a run in the middle of the track.

“Honestly speaking, I trusted my instinct – I didn’t try to think too much. On the inside, everyone seemed to be cantering and, when my horse reacted, he clicked into gear like a machine!”

Harley said of the Alan King-trained Asymmetric: “He ran well and travelled well during the race. My horse was a bit unsuited by the ground (too firm for his liking)
before making his effort. We had a shower of rain an hour before the race. I thought it would help, but it didn’t as the ground dried out.

“With 200 metres to go, I really thought we were going to win. When I asked him to pick up, he couldn’t change gear in this ground. However, it was a great performance. His next race will be the Group One Middle Park Stakes.”

Fahey fires twin assault on Prix Morny prize

Perfect Power and Khunan give Richard Fahey a strong hand in the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville.

A narrow winner of the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot in June over the high-class Go Bears Go, Perfect Power then got into all sorts of traffic problems in last month’s Richmond Stakes at Goodwood and was beaten just over a length into fifth place.

Khunan was not far off his stablemate when sixth in the Norfolk, and turned the tables in the Richmond when he filled the runner-up spot behind the Alan King-trained Asymmetric – who is also in Sunday’s Group One field.

Fahey said: “We’ve got the two horses in there, and they both go there in good order. We just need a bit of luck now.

“They tell me it’s beautiful ground. I wouldn’t want it too extreme, but hopefully it will be fine.

“Things didn’t go the way we would have liked for Perfect Power at Goodwood, but that’s horse racing I’m afraid.

“The other horse wasn’t far behind him at Ascot and was in front of him at Goodwood, so it’s one apiece.”

Asymmetric with connections after winning at Goodwood
Asymmetric with connections after winning at Goodwood (John Walton/PA)

Asymmetric’s Richmond win was his third from just four career starts, his only defeat coming when narrowly beaten by Lusail in the July Stakes at Newmarket.

King said: “He’s been very good since Goodwood and has arrived safely.

“He’s obviously the quickest two-year-old I’ve ever trained. That’s probably not saying a lot – but he’s won his Group Two, and it was either run in the Gimcrack with a penalty or take him to France for a crack at this.

“The forecast looks quite encouraging – the better the ground, the better I think he’ll be, so it’s very exciting.”

The British challenge is completed by Richard Hannon’s pair of Armor and Gubbass.

Armor steps up in trip after winning the five-furlong Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood, while Gubbass was third in the Richmond.

Hannon said: “Armor is in great form and it looks like there is some rain on the way which will help him.

“Gubbass won’t be out of place, either.”

Irish hopes are carried by Gavin Cromwell’s Quick Suzy and the unbeaten Velocidad from Joseph O’Brien’s yard.

Quick Suzy steps up to take on the colts on her first start since winning the Queen Mary Stakes at the Royal meeting.

Gavin Cromwell (right) with Quick Suzy at Royal Ascot
Gavin Cromwell (right) with Quick Suzy at Royal Ascot (David Davies/PA)

“She’s in good shape, and we’re happy with her,” said Cromwell.

“The ground is good to soft and potentially could be good ground come Sunday. Either way it’s fine.

“Stepping her back up to six furlongs shouldn’t be a problem – it’s an easy six in Deauville as well.

“The fillies have a good record in the Morny, and last year’s Queen Mary winner (Campanelle) followed up here, so fingers crossed.”

Perfect Power primed for Prix Morny

Richard Fahey is keeping his fingers crossed for a change of luck for Perfect Power when he contests the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville next week.

A narrow winner of the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot in June over the high-class Go Bears Go, the Ardad colt got into all sorts of traffic problems when bidding to add to his tally in last month’s Richmond Stakes at Goodwood and was beaten just over a length into fifth place.

That form has been well advertised since, with Hugo Palmer’s fourth home Ebro River claiming Group One honours in last weekend’s Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.

Perfect Power will head to France in a bid to open his account at the highest level, and Fahey is delighted with his current condition.

“Everything that happened (at Goodwood), you’d probably have preferred it not to have happened, but he’s in great order,” the trainer told Sky Sports Racing.

“He heads to France for the Prix Morny on Sunday week.

“I think he’s a talented horse. At the moment, we’re all beating each other when you look at the two-year-old form.

“I’m sure he’s up near the top of the best ones, so let’s hope we get a bit more luck in France.”

Quick Suzy to head to Prix Morny

Quick Suzy will head straight to this month’s Prix Morny after connections ruled out a crack at the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.

The Gavin Cromwell-trained filly impressed with a length-and-a-quarter victory in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, improving from a previous Curragh maiden win and a narrow second in Group Three company at Naas.

Quick Suzy, who is owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners following a sale facilitated by bloodstock agent Joseph Burke, had been in line to tackle the colts in Sunday’s Group One sprint, but will now wait for Deauville on August 22.

Burke said: “She worked well at the Curragh on Tuesday. But having spoken to Gavin, Gary Carroll (jockey) and Aron Wellman – the head of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners – we figured, having given her a holiday following Royal Ascot, that we’d give her another couple of weeks and aim for the Prix Morny instead.

“She gets an extra pound from the colts in Deauville as well – 4lb as opposed to 3lb at the Curragh – and fillies have a very good record in the Morny.

“She’s already Group placed in Ireland, a Group winner at Royal Ascot and the joint-highest rated two-year-old in Ireland – so it would be great to get some Group One form in France on her CV next.”

Gary Carroll celebrates victory with trainer Gavin Cromwell
Gary Carroll celebrates victory with trainer Gavin Cromwell (David Davies/PA)

Connections have also started to make plans beyond Deauville, with a tilt at Breeders’ Cup glory high on the agenda.

“Ultimately, her season revolves around the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Del Mar – and we’re working back from there,” added Burke.

“This race (Morny) fits in nicely – and we might take in the Cheveley Park then, all being well, before going to Del Mar.

“We’re very lucky to have her. She’s brought a lot of joy to all of us already, and we hope the second half of her season will be just as rewarding.”