Cape Peron: Henry Candy's runner thrashed his rivals at ChantillyPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Cape Peron routs rivals on first Listed attempt
Report: France, Friday
Chantilly: Prix Ranelagh (Group 3) 1m, 3yo+
CAPE PERON (Henry Candy/Christophe Soumillon) ran right away from his rivals to score by four lengths from Monsieur Playboy, in the process justifying a lot of the confidence shown in him when well backed for two of the hottest mile handicaps of the summer.
Connections have always maintained that the son of Beat hollow would benefit from some cut in the ground and, tucked in the slipstream of early leader Zinabaa, Cape Peron put the race away half way up the straight with the minimum of fuss.
"The [Group 3] Prix Perth is the logical next step in our program if the they decide to come back and he would have every right to be fighting out the finish," said Soumillon. "He showed today he has the quality to climb the ladder."
Of the two other British runners, Chil The Kite stuck to his task under top weight to finish fourth, while Captain Bertie was seventh.
Also on Friday
Chantilly: Prix Eclipse (Group 3) 6f, 2yo
SOUMILLON had already bagged the main prize of the day when Kiram repaid the supplementary fee paid by the Aga Khan when outpointing German challenger High Duty.
The race serves as a springboard for the Group 2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte, with the double most recently achieved by Pennys Picnic 12 months ago.
"Jean-Claude Rouget asked to supplement him and the horse handled the very testing conditions well," said racing manager Georges Rimaud. "He could stay a little bit further but he's essentially a speedy type."