Fabrice Veron starts the celebrations on easy winner Prince Gibraltar (left)PICTURE: Frank Sorge
Prince Gibraltar gets
back on Arc trail
Report, Germany: Sunday
Baden-Baden: Grosser Preis Von Baden (Group 1) 1m4f, 3yo+
PRINCE GIBRALTAR is again on the trail of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, in which he was seventh last year, after a comfortable success in the Grosser Preis von Baden.
The four-year-old was ridden with extreme confidence by Fabrice Veron, who held him up in last as Weltmacht set a strong pace, chased by the other filly in the field, Nightflower, who went on a furlong and a half out.
Veron brought the blinkered Prince Gibraltar on the outside and the Rock Of Gibraltar colt showed an excellent turn of foot to sprint past Nightflower 100 yards from home to win going away by a length and three-quarters. Sirius ran on well for third.
Prince Gibraltar’s form this season has not been inspiring but the Arc has always been the target and he is no forlorn hope judged on this performance, especially if the ground comes up soft in four weeks’ time. He is rated a 40-1 shot with William Hill.
Veron, riding his first Group 1 winner, said: “The strong pace was just what we wanted and he flew the final furlong.”
Arc Sale entry
Trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, speaking from Longchamp, said: “He’s good going left-handed, which is why we went to York and then Baden-Baden.
“At York last time he pulled himself up slightly in front. He’ll run in the Arc and he’s entered in the Arc Sale on the eve of the race – he’ll go through the ring with that entry. I could see him doing well in Australia.”
Owner Jean-Francois Gribomont was delighted with the success, remembering the last time he had come to Baden-Baden he won the Goldene Peitsche 18 years ago with Don’t Worry Me.
Prix Foy for Ito
The €250,000 race lost some of its appeal with the late withdrawal of the main German hope Ito, who was found to be running a temperature.
“I don’t think it’s anything serious,” said trainer Jean-Pierre Carvalho.
Ito is still in the Arc and could run in the Prix Foy on Sunday.