Tin Horse: will be aimed at Prix Jacques le Marois after Group 3 victoryPICTURE: scoopdyga.com
Tin Horse set for Marois after Sunday success
Report: France, Sunday
Maisons-Laffitte: Prix Messidor (Group 3) 1m, 3yo+
TIN HORSE (Didier Guillemin/Thierry Jarnet) returned to winning ways for the first time since landing the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2,000 Guineas), stamping his class over five rivals.
The grey son of Sakhee was delivered perfectly at the furlong pole by Jarnet, who is enjoying a vintage spell in the saddle.
"We bypassed most of the early part of the season because of the heavy ground, but there we saw again he is a proper Group 1 horse," said Gilles Forien, racing manager to the Marquesa de Moratalla.
"The ground was obviously okay for him, they were on a fresh strip and they went a good pace which helped him deploy the same acceleration he'd shown previously at two and three [years old]. I think the Prix Jacques le Marois will be his objective."
Prince D'Alienor briefly looked a big danger and, although no match for the winner, was clear second best having progressed from giving weight away in a conditions race at Lyon-Parilly last time.
"We might consider taking him to America but personally, I would prefer to give him a break now," said trainer Xavier Nakkachdji. "We could look at something like the Prix Quincy at Deauville and then perhaps the Prix Daniel Wildenstein on Arc weekend."
British hopes failed to be realised with the Richard Hannon-trained Rockinante being withdrawn because of the softening ground, while Godolphin's Pisco Sour finished some way adrift in last.
Pisco Sour was a brave winner of the Prix Eugene Adam over 1m2f at the same track last summer, but Mickael Barzalona reported after this tame effort that his mount was "never in the race."
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The John Hills-trained Boomerang Bob ran a solid race under Seb Sanders but had no answer to a late charge from the lightly-raced Lockwood (Andre Fabre/Pierre-Charles Boudot) in the Godolphin France colours.
The winner was making only his fifth career start and, in contrast to Fabre's Prix Jean Prat hero Aesop's Fables a week ago, was dropping back to sprint distances for the first time.
"He benefitted from having four horses in front of him making the pace," said Boudot, who earlier landed the fillies' maiden on board Goldbahar in the colours of Fabre's wife Elizabeth.
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"The horse was a little cool before they kicked but after that he accelerated really well all the way to the line."
Boomerang Bob was right in that four-horse firing line a furlong from home and was only denied third by a head behind the running-on Marchand D'Or.
"He's run well but these are sprints, they can fall right and they can fall wrong," said Hills. "A race like the Phoenix Sprint Stakes in Ireland in the middle of August, that might be the sort of race for him."
Gammarth justified the supplementary fee paid by Henri-Alex Pantall in finishing three-quarters of a length back in second.
"I'm pleased enough with that for a comeback but there's no decision where he'll go next," said Mikel Delzangles of third-placed Marchand D'Or, who was a winner of this race back in 2006.