Thierry Thulliez: partnered Now We Can to victory at LongchampPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Melbourne calling for Clement after Listed win
Report: France, Thursday
Longchamp: Prix Lord Seymour (Listed) 1m4f, 4yo+
SOLEMIA won this race 12 months ago before going on to Arc glory but, winning trainer Nicolas Clement has another great autumn prize in mind for this year's winner Now We Can (Thierry Thulliez).
"I have a little secret wish to take him to Australia at the end of the season," revealed Clement, referring to a possible tilt at the Emirates Melbourne Cup with the improving four-year-old.
Now We Can was taking a big step up in class after reeling off a hat-trick in lesser company. "I was delighted with the way he accelerated today," continued Clement. "I'll talk to the owner to see where we go next."
Ioritz Mendizabal almost succeded in making all aboard Gentle Storm, who produced a fine comeback run on going that would have been quicker than ideal.
Ed Walker's Nicholascopernicus was similarly inconvenienced by good to soft, having been declared on much slower ground, but jockey Tom McGlaughlin was pleased even though the pair finished last of the five.
"He'll definitely win in that company on softer ground - they crawled like they do here - but he's run a good race in defeat," he said.
Also on Thursday
German trainer Michael Figge sprang something of a surprise when 29-1 shot Superplex (Ioritz Mendizabal) upset some well-regarded rivals to land the opening conditions race over just shy of 1m2f.
Mendizabal made all on the son of Multiplex, who showed no signs of stopping on the long haul up the straight to the second winning post.
"Ioritz was supposed to sit second or third but there was no pace so he did the right thing," said Figge.
"He'll go to Saint-Cloud for the Prix Greffulhe and then if all goes well it will be the Prix du Jockey Club and the German Derby," he added.