French Derby goes to New Bay
A smart turn of foot from Andre Fabre’s New Bay was enough to stylishly account for a decent field in the French Derby Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly this afternoon.
Ridden by French champion jumps jockey Vincent Cheminaud the colt picked up the lead with a furlong to run having moved from the back of the field with a strong burst of pace and had more than required in the finish to hold of Aidan O’Brien’s charge Highland Reel in second under Joseph O’Brien.
Cheminaud was delighted “It’s an incredible feeling, New Bay is an extraordinary horse.”
Highland Reel fared far better this time in France than when sent off well fancied for the 2000 Guineas there last time and will now look to build on that performance whilst Ryan Moore could never get into the race aboard O’Brien’s Cape Clear Island and it was a long way backed to last placed O’Brien charge War Envoy.
Alain de Royer-Dupre saddled the favourite Karaktar but his stable hope never went through with an effort and tamely gave up the contest. It was a little unlucky for the third placed War Dispatch for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget and jockey Ioritz Mendizabal who didn’t get the clearest of paths in the race.
The winner New Bay is now of interest in the Arc market and bookmakers reacted positively making the colt a general 8/1 chance for Longchamp in October.
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