Alain de Royer-Dupre: maintained hot streak with Ivory Land on SundayPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Ivory proves stamina for flying Royer-Dupre
Report: France, Monday
Saint-Cloud: Prix Right Royal (Listed) 1m7½f, 4yo+
IVORY LAND (Alain de Royer-Dupre/Stephane Pasquier) continued his trainer's great run of form when dispelling any doubts about his abilities over staying distances.
Royer-Dupre saddled a Group 2 and Listed double at Longchamp on Sunday and followed up here with the son of Lando.
Having given way rather tamely on his last start over course and distance in November, Ivory Land picked up well in the home straight to hold off the hard-charging Brigantin by half a length.
"He was a good horse last year and proved he belonged at a high level," said Pasquier. "Monsieur Royer-Dupre told me he was ready to run a good race on his return to action, and had been pleasing him in his work."
The heavily backed Prairie Star struck for home entering the straight, but was eased quickly by Christophe Soumillon once headed.
"I was following the Wildenstein horse but unfortunately he fell away and I was left in front a bit soon, but he finished very well," added Pasquier.
Ascot Gold Cup third Brigantin ran an excellent comeback in second having been ridden patiently by Pierre-Charles Boudot and put in a fine effort down the centre of the track without ever quite looking likely to catch the winner.