Saint Baudolino battles to Derby trial success
Report: France, Friday
Chantilly: Prix de Guiche (Group 3) 1m1f turf, 3yo colts
SAINT BAUDOLINO (Andre Fabre/Maxime Guyon) showed a turn of foot and bravery in going through the smallest of gaps to land this Group 3.
The only French Derby trial to be run on the Jockey Club course at Chantilly threw up a rough finish despite the presence of only six runners, with Xanadou and Saint Baudolino coming together as the Godolphin winner made his run deep inside the final furlong.
After interviewing both Guyon and Chrsitophe Soumillon the stewards left the result unaltered, stating that the incident didn't affect Xanadou's final placing in fourth.
"He was very relaxed early in the race and he took a while to get going today, which meant he really had to accelerate," said Guyon of the winner, who was supplemented for the race and holds entries in the Prix du Jockey Club and the Grand Prix de Paris.
"I think he'll certainly stay further," he continued.
Sofast ran a fine race in second and looked to have the race in safe keeping having been produced from off the pace by Olivier Peslier, only to be caught close home by the charging Saint Baudolino.
"He's run a very good race, we have to hold him up like that for him to produce his best form," said Pierre-Yves Bureau, racing manager to the Wertheimer brothers.
As for the Jockey Club, Bureau wasn't sure the extra distance would be a help to Sofast.
"We'll have to talk it over with Freddy [Head], it's an extra 300m and he comes from a speedy family so we'll see."
Jean-Claude Rouget took the outcome on the chin after seeing Xanadou lose his unbeaten record.
"He was running at a high level for the first time and the distance wasn't guaranteed to suit because his dam is a source for speed, so I'm not disappointed," he said. "We might look at going back to 1600m [1m]."