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Akihiro back on track despite dire conditions in Turenne

Maxime Guyon found a willing partner in Akihiro, who was winning for the first time since defeating National Defense at two
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Saint-Cloud, Wednesday

Prix Turenne (Listed) 3yo | 1m4f Turf

Akihiro began the season as one of the brightest Classic hopefuls in France and, while those hopes have not been fulfilled, he showed he remains a horse for the future after scoring on his first start since May.

Settled by Maxime Guyon at the back of the six-runner field for his first outing at a mile and a half and on very deep ground, Akihiro threaded a passage up the rail and fought hard to repel the relentless challenge of Instigator to score by a head.

A son of Japanese super-sire Deep Impact, Akihiro provided plenty of reasons to smile through the gloom for trainer Andre Fabre and his owner/breeders, Alain and Gerard Wertheimer. 

Racing manager Pierre-Yves Bureau said: "It was especially pleasing to see him take the gap up the inner of the other horse and it was also reassuring to see him handle this ground, which I think he got through on his class really."

This race has provided a late passport to the Arc on occasions but connections look likely to wait a couple of weeks more with Akihiro for a return to Group 2 company. 

Bureau said: "We will have to see how he comes out of it but the natural race for him would be the Conseil de Paris [on October 15] which is over this trip and in a month’s time. We’ll talk with the trainer and the owners but that looks the right spot for him."

Prix Turenne result

We will have to see how he comes out of it but the natural race for him would be the Conseil de Paris