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Shamardal's French Navy Swoops in the Diomed
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3rd at EPSG3 Investec Diomed S.  [8f 114y (T)]Winner: French Navy (GB), h, 6 by Shamardal
Friday, Epsom, Britain
INVESTEC DIOMED S.-G3, £70,000, EPM, 6-6, 3yo/up, 8f 114yT, 1:41.71, gd.
1--FRENCH NAVY (GB), 131, h, 6, by Shamardal
     1st Dam: First Fleet (SW-Fr), by Woodman
     2nd Dam: Frankova, by Nureyev
     3rd Dam: Secret Asset, by Graustark
O-Godolphin. B-Darley (GB). T-Charlie Appleby. J-Adam Kirby. £39,697. Lifetime Record: GSW-Fr, 20-9-4-1, £249,313. *1/2 to Sea Lord (Ire), GSW-Eng, $370,775. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree
2--Graphic (Ire), 131, g, 5, Excellent Art (GB)--Follow My Lead (GB), by Night Shift. (48,000gns yrl ‘10 TATOCT). O-The Royal Ascot Racing Club. £15,050.
3--Windhoek (GB), 131, c, 4, Cape Cross (Ire)--Kahlua Kiss (GB), by Mister Baileys (GB). (25,000gns yrl ‘11 TATOCT). O-Godolphin. £7,532.
Margins: 2 1/4, 1, 3/4. Odds: 6.50, 2.25, 3.00.
Also Ran: Highland Knight (Ire), Gregorian (Ire), Edu Querido (Brz), Penitent (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the brisnet.com PPs. VIDEO, courtesy Racing UK.
Since his juvenile days with Andre Fabre, French Navy has held an admirable level of form for Godolphin with very few blips and had added three Listed wins to those in the 2010 G3 Prix des Chenes and the following year’s G3 Select S. The last came in Goodwood’s Listed Festival S. May 24, where he had his favored soft ground and despite fast-drying conditions the bay benefitted from a strongly-run race and some daring in the saddle to follow up. Languishing in last early after missing the kick, he was sent for a run up the rail that so often fails up this cambered terrain but Adam Kirby got lucky as the way stayed clear long enough for him to work towards the lead approaching the furlong pole. Asserting from the determined Graphic, he was firmly on top at the line with his rider receiving the plaudits for his guile. “He went down to the start a completely different horse to that at Goodwood two weeks ago and I thought he was on song today, but for the first half of the race he didn’t pick the bridle up,” Kirby explained. “I waited for him to take me and when he did I took the brave man’s route. He was gutsy and stayed at it well, but he doesn’t want be there too soon.” Charlie Appleby added, “I was concerned about the ground, as it had started to dry out but he’s in good nick and is thriving this year. He handles this ground, but he’ll be better with more ease.”

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