Listed winner and 'TDN Rising Star' Ocean Atlantique (American Pharoah) will run in the G1 Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly on July 5 instead of the G1 Epsom Derby the day prior, Racing Post reported on Saturday. A winner at second asking at Saint-Cloud, Ocean Atlantique was second in the May 14 G3 Prix la Force and rebounded to take the Listed Prix de Suresnes by five lengths on May 31. If successful, the bay would be the first Andre Fabre-trained Prix du Jockey Club hero for Coolmore partners Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier. Coolmore already has six Aidan O'Brien-trained chances in the Blue Riband at Epsom.
“Ocean Atlantique will stay in France and will run at Chantilly,” Fabre told Racing Post on Saturday. “The travelling conditions make things too difficult. I am looking forward to running him in the Jockey Club and he will be joined by [G1 French 2000 Guineas winner] Victor Ludorum (GB) (Shamardal).”