André Fabre’s Botanik should soon have its passport stamped after continuing to progress by winning the Grand Prix Lucien Barrière in Deauville on Sunday.
One of Japan’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hopefuls, Stay Foolish, was dispatched by Cristian Demuro and led the quintet selected for the majority of 12-stadium group two, but it was the winner ridden by Mickael Barzalona who was always in the perfect spot to mount a challenge and he moved forward to score a bit behind in the closing stages.
It was the Godolphin gelding’s fourth win of the season and the best way to build on his Group Three win on track and trip earlier in the month. He was three-quarters ahead of Glycon on that occasion, but extended that advantage to almost seven lengths in this contest.
“I was happy to have a lead from the Japanese horse and my horse came with an easy ride,” Barzalona said. “He had a great race and showed a lot of class. Everything is possible for him as long as he is in good shape. I’m sure he will travel to race outside of France.”
The second’s connections were far from disappointed with their charge and confirmed that the October 2 Arc was still the Dubai Gold Cup winner’s plan.
“We are not disappointed as he has only been here for two weeks,” said Yukihiko Araki, representing owner Shadai Race Horse Co Ltd. “It was good preparation and I hope he will do better when he races in the Arc.”
Stay Foolish is unchanged at 33/1 with Coral for the Arc, but reaches 66/1 with Paddy Power, Betfair and William Hill.
Doyle takes Group 3 gold with Tempus
Archie Watson Tempus scored a hat-trick to lead home a double formed by the British in the Barrière Prix Quincey in Deauville on Sunday.
Kicked out as a group three favorite by a mile, the six-year-old continued his fine recent form in style.
Hollie Doyle trailed French-trained leaders In Crowd and Longvillers for the first half of the race, but was still traveling comfortably aboard Kingman’s gelding son.
The duo ended the race in a matter of strides once Tempus emerged, galloping clear to score by almost two lengths.
Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Internationalangel was held back at the back before progressing smoothly through the peloton to become Tempus’ biggest danger, but she ultimately was no match for the winner and had to settle of the silver medal.
“He’s a lot straighter when he’s under pressure these days and after jumping OK the further he went the better he traveled,” Doyle said of the winner. “It’s hard to say how good he is because he’s gone from handicaps to two wins in group three in eight weeks.
“I know Archie has big plans for him, and if he stays calm there’s no reason for him to go any further. He could also move up to group two and I think he’s more efficient over a straight mile.”
Bouttemont narrowly beat the Prix Barrière de Meautry for Gregory Benoist and Yann Barberot.
Winner of the All-Weather Sprint Championships in Newcastle in April, Bouttemont held off Loubeisien by a neckline in a thrilling final.
Owner Phillippe Allaire said: “I’m delighted with the performance. It should be perfect preparation for the Prix du Petit Couvert (at ParisLongchamp on September 11).”