Ocean Atlantique

Victor Ludorum Possible for Guillaume d'Ornano

Andre Fabre felt a slow start contributed to Victor Ludorum (GB) (Shamardal)'s defeat in Sunday's G1 Prix du Jockey Club. The G1 French 2000 Guineas winner was aiming to double up in the French Derby, but having broken slowly from stall one, the Godolphin runner found the rest of the field in front of him after 100 yards. Having circled the other 15 runners, he just about hit the front before his run petered out and John Gosden's Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}) sprinted clear to win going away, leaving...

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English King Gets the Hoodoo Stall in the Derby

There was an unwelcome twist on Thursday for connections of the Listed Lingfield Derby Trial winner English King (Fr) (Camelot) as the draw for Saturday's £500,000 G1 241st Investec Derby imposed a widely-perceived "hoodoo" on Bjorn Nielsen's bay. Ante-post favourite for Epsom's Blue Riband, he will have to depart from the dreaded stall one after heading a field of 16 declarations. Qatar Racing's G1 2000 Guineas hero Kameko (Kitten's Joy) has been allocated gate 11, historically a far more favourable position which gives Oisin Murphy options from the break. Aidan...

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All for one and one for all

DONCASTER, UK—There aren't many bloodstock sales companies that can boast of an Irish auctioneer who can speak French with a Yorkshire accent but if you happen to walk in to the Goffs UK sales ring at Doncaster on Wednesday while Nick Nugent is on the rostrum that is what you're likely to find. In the spirit of COVID-encouraged entente cordiale, the breeze-up sector finds itself in a situation few would have imagined at the start of this year, with British sales house Goffs UK and French-based Arqana holding their respective...

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Prix du Jockey Club for Ocean Atlantique

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...

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Fabre Likely to Divide Classic Colts

Andre Fabre's 'TDN Rising Star' Ocean Atlantique (American Pharoah) may head to next month's G1 Investec Derby at Epsom, with stablemate and fellow 'Rising Star' Victor Ludorum (GB) (Shamardal) likely to contest the French version. Fabre has no intention of stepping Victor Ludorum up to a mile and a half yet, and the G1 Prix du Jockey Club has always been his aim. American Pharoah colt Ocean Atlantique is owned by Coolmore, whose chief Epsom hope Mogul (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) is out to 10-1 for the Derby following his Royal...

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