Reliable Man: "needed this outing", said tainer Alain de Royer-DuprePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Maxios spoils party for returning Reliable Man
Report: France, Friday
Maisons-Laffitte: La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte (Group 3) 1m2f 3yo+
MAXIOS (Jonathan Pease/Stephane Pasquier) turned over odds-on shot Reliable Man to land the second Group race of his career in comfortable style at Maisons-Laffitte.
It was the four-year-old's first success since the Group 3 Prix Thomas Bryon at Saint-Cloud nearly two years ago.
But the cosy manner of his length and a half victory over last year's Prix du Jockey Club winner suggests a bright future.
Owned and bred by the Niarchos family, Maxios was perfectly placed throughout under Stephane Pasquier.
Tucked in behind long-time leader Quinindo, the son of the recently-deceased Monsun hit the front just before the furlong marker and had no trouble fending off Olivier Peslier on the Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained Reliable Man over the closing stages of the straight ten furlongs.
A half brother to the 2004 Prix d l'Arc de Triomphe winner Bago, Maxios now has many options.
Niarchos family racing manager Alan Cooper said: "He did it very nicely and Stephane rode a lovely race. He is engaged in the Prix Dollar but let's wait and see how he comes out of the race."
Pasquier said: "The Niarchos family deserve this success as they have been very patient with Maxios who has taken time to develop. He is a horse with character and quality. He needs time to recover from his races and likes a little cut in the ground like his sire."
Royer-Dupre was by no means disappointed with Reliable Man, who has yet to open his account this season.
He said: "He ran well, needed this outing and a little time to adapt to this straight track. He is better over 2,400 metres. We have many options which include the Arc, the Canadian International and the Champion Stakes at Ascot."