Andre Fabre: may bid for eighth Arc win with Godolphin's Saint BaudolinoPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Classy Saint Baudolino shows no mercy to rivals
Report: France, Wednesday
Deauville: Prix Guillaume d'Ornano - Haras du Logis Saint-Germain (Group 2) 1m2f, 3yo
SAINT BAUDOLINO (Andre Fabre/Maxime Guyon) thrust himself into the Arc picture with an impressive display, which saw his price among bookmakers tumble for Europe's premier all-age race in October.
At 14-1 Coral were most impressed while William Hill were more cautious with their 20-1 quote about the son of Pivotal, who had previously finished runner-up in the Prix du Jockey Club and then a close third over the Arc trip at Longchamp in the Grand Prix de Paris.
Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford said: "He had the form going into the race and we'd have been disappointed if he hadn't won."
Guyon was content to sit just off the pace set by the English-trained duo Rewarded and Starboard and, turning for home, even allowed them a little extra rope before rousting his mount.
Stablemate Aesop's Fables ran on from behind to snatch second in a photo from Ashkiyr.
Crisford added: "We'll have to sit down with Andre and Sheikh Mohammed and make a plan, but he's well entered up."
Also on Wednesday
Deauville: Prix de Lieurey (Group 3) 1m, 3yo, fillies
SARKIYLA (Alain de Royer-Dupre/Christophe Lemaire) rewarded her owner for supplementing her for the race with a hard-fought success over Foreign Tune.
The Aga Khan is not a frequent visitor to the Normandy course but he was on hand to greet the daughter of Oasis Dream after she had extended her record to four wins from five starts.
"The trip [1600m/1m] looks to be the limit for her, so we might think about a race like the Prix Daniel Widenstein," said Royer Dupre.
The William Haggas-trained Arsaadi set out to make all under William Buick but was unable to hold back the tide of challengers in the straight, eventually finishing sixth.
"I think she might need further," said Buick.
Deauville: Prix de la Vallee d'Auge (Listed) 5f, 2yos
ED WALKER celebrated another lucrative trip to France after Faithfilly (Maxime Guyon) fought off successive challenges to make virtually every yard.
Luca Cumani's former assistant struck at this level with his first try at Longchamp last autumn, Red Gulch.
Faithfilly then chased home Prix Morny possible Bailey's Jubilee at Vichy last month before this latest success.
"She's so tough, she's just getting better and better," said an obviously delighted Walker.
"That's her seventh run and she just keeps improving. She's got a great attitude and she takes her racing well.
"She's a very easy filly to travel so there's a possibility she could come back to France for the Prix d'Arenberg [at Chantilly in September]."