Triple Aspect leads home British one-two
REPORT: France, Thursday
Chantilly: Prix d'Arenburg (Group 3) 5½f
THE two British-trained raiders finished first and second in the Group 3 Prix d'Arenburg on Thursday.
In leading home the one-two, Triple Aspect made it three out of three, with Liam Jones riding a finally judged race and hugging the stands' rail throughout the 5½f dash.
A gap opened up just inside two furlongs out and Triple Aspect quickened through it before comfortably holding off the Paul Cole-trained Thunderous Mood and John Egan by a length, with the fancied French filly Treasure close up in third.
Triple Aspect, trained by William Haggas, is owned by Margaret Findlay, and her son Harry was on hand to represent her.
"She's away on a cruise and somewhere near Rome," he reported, adding: "Triple Aspect was her first runner in France, and her first Group success."
This was a big jump up in class for the son of Danetime, of whom Haggas said: "I think Triple Aspect will stay further and we may have a look at the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury.
"Other options include the Middle Park Stakes and the Cornwallis at Ascot but he won't be supplemented into the Abbaye.
"Malcolm Bastard recommended Triple Aspect and I paid 43,000 guineas forhim at Doncaster."
It was also a memorable afternoon for Jones, who was apprenticed to Haggas before losing his allowance.
He said: "This was my first ride in France and also my first Group winner. We had a lovely run in the race but he does take a little time to pick up. He's a nice horse and I'm sure he will get six furlongs."
Wearing blinkers for the first time, Thunderous Mood ran a little free early on but finished well.
Egan said: "He ran a very nice race but we could have done with a faster pace.
"The winner is rated 7lb higher than us and we were beaten only a length. He's using himself better now, and the blinkers were also a help."