Christophe Soumillon: rode a cool race on progressive juvenile US LawPICTURE: Getty Images
Criterium date could be next for US Law
Report: France, Thursday
Saint-Cloud: Prix Thomas Bryon ( Group 3) 2yo, 1m
FRANCE: Christophe Soumillon rode a cunning race on the Pascal Bary-trained US Law to set up a shot at the Group 1 Criterium International.
The Irish-bred son of Lawman was asked to make all the running which he did at a leisurely gallop until the straight where pace was injected.
US Law passed the post two lengths clear of Kenhope (Alex Pantall/Thierry Jarnet) who had shadowed him throughout. The favourite Visiyani (Alain de Royer-Dupre/Christophe Lemaire) finished a length away third having failed to quicken in the final stages.
Visiyani had finished a short head in front of US Law in the Group 3 Prix des Chenes. Bary said: "He ran a little free on the far side and then settled. It was better to be in front on such going. The colt will now come back to Saint-Cloud for the Criterium International."
Soumillon added: "He was a little tense early on and then relaxed in front. I then let him do it himself."
US Law was bred at the Ballylinch Stud in Ireland and was picked up for the Jean-Louis Bouchard stable by Gerard Larrieu of Chantilly Bloodstock for €115,000 at last year's Argana yearling sale at Deauville.