Sunday’s Group 1 Qipco Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly went the way of the Pascal Bary-trained Study of Man (37/10), the mount of Stephane Pasquier, as the home team swept the board and the British and Irish raiders went home empty-handed.
Less than a length covered the first four home as the Niarchos Family-owned winner held the fast-finishing 21/1 shot Patascoy at bay by half a length, with just a head back to 58/1 outsider Louis D’Or, who in turn was a further head in front of 20/1 shot Intellogent.
The French 2000 Guineas winner Olmedo was sent off the 16/5 market leader but finished a bitterly disappointing 13th, James Tate’s Hey Gaman, narrowly beaten by Olmedo that day, held every chance a furlong out at Chantilly but faded into seventh, while Aidan O’Brien’s quarter of runners failed to trouble the judge, 45/1 shot Hunting Horn doing best in sixth while Ryan Moore’s mount Rostropovich 44/5 could only manage ninth.
Study of Man, a grandson of the legendary racemnare Miesque, provided star Japanese sire Deep Impact with swift compensation following the defeat of his Saxon Warrior at Epsom 24 hours earlier, and built on the fine effort of his easy win in the Group 2 Prix Greffulhe at Longchamp 26 days earlier. Connections refused to commit to a crack at the longer Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longhamp in October, but the French Derby hero has already been cut to a top priced 20/1 with Betfair, having been available at 50/1 prior to Sunday’s big win.
Masar , who landed the Investec Derby at Epsom on saturday for Charlie Appleby, Godolphin and William Buick, is a 12/1 shot with Bet365 for the same race, while Friday’s last gasp Group 1 Coronation Cup winner Cracksman, who reportedly prevailed at Epsom despite running in a daze after banging his head in the starting stalls, is a top price 3/1 ante-post favourite with William Hill ahead of his John Gosden-trained his stable companion and last year’s winner, the sidelined Enable, 4/1 with many firms but offered at 6/1 with Paddy Power.
Written by Paul Alster
Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.