Dabirsim scores an impressive three-length win from Family One (orange)PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Dabirsim and Dettori romp to Morny glory
Report: Deauville, Sunday
Darley Prix Morny (Group 1) 6f, 2yo colts and fillies
DABIRSIM scorched clear in the final furlong to record an impressive success, with British challengers Frederick Engels and Gatepost well beaten.
Ridden for the first time by Frankie Dettori, Dabirsim was settled in midfield before launching his challenge on the stands side in the final 2f. He cruised past the front-running Family One and quickly drew away to stretch his unbeaten run to four.
Family One kept on at one pace for second, three lengths behind Dabirsim, and the rest of the seven-runner field hardly got into the race.
Vladimir finished fast for third, a length further back, with the disappointing Frederick Engels fifth and Gatepost last.
Dettori was impressed. "He's a very, very good horse with a lot of speed and I suggested they went for the Middle Park," he said.
Coral introduced Dabirsim into their Qipco 2,000 Guineas market at 14-1. Only 8-1 favourite Harbour Watch and Power at 10-1 are shorter in the betting.
Dabirsim's success was the biggest so far for young French trainer Christophe Ferland, who trains at the racecourse in La Teste de Buch, south of Bordeaux.
Ferland became the first French trainer to land the Morny since 2004 and has a Classic prospect on his hands in Dabirsim, who followed up last month's Prix de Cabourg victory with an even better display.
"He's an exceptional horse and he'll go for the Middle Park as he has plenty of speed," Ferland said. "He's a very calm individual and he had a wonderful race. It's a big team effort from the owner, the present jockey and the previous jockey."
David Brown, trainer of Frederick Engels, said: "He coughed once at thestart and he didn't run his race. We took him to Ireland and we came here, but we will probably have him scoped now."