Hurricane Lane faces Derby-winning stable mate Adayar at the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe in October… after taking two and three quarters in the Cazoo St Leger
- Hurricane Lane blew rivals away in Cazoo St Leger victory
- He is 6-1 ahead of the big European showdown in Longchamp on October 3rd
- Adayar is just one of three horses ahead of Hurricane Lane in the Arc bets
Hurricane Lane is on a collision course with Derby-winning stable mate Adayar at next month’s Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe – after blowing away rivals with a two-and-three-quarter win in the Cazoo St Leger.
Frankel’s son, who gave coach Charlie Appleby his first win in the final Classic of the season and Sheik Mohammed’s Godolphin operation the seventh, faces the big European showdown at Longchamp on October 3.
Only Adayar (4-1), Aidan O’Brien-trained Snowfall (7-4), running this afternoon’s Prix Vermeille at Longchamp, and the runner-up Tarnawa (5-1) of Saturday’s Irish Champion Stakes, lie in front of Hurricane Lane in the Arc bets. Jockey William Buick could make a tough decision about which Appleby contender to ride in Paris.
Hurrican Lane blew rivals away with two and three quarters win in the Cazoo St Leger
Buick said: ‘They are two fantastic colts. Hurricane Lane has only just crossed the line in the Leger, so we’ll leave the dust for a while. They both have to get there and then we have to make a decision, but we’re going to enjoy that first.’
For Buick, who also won the St Leger in 2010 with Arctic Cosmos and in 2011 with Masked Marvel, yesterday’s win over the 8-11 favorite was smooth sailing.
Buick added: “It went exactly as we hoped. We thought he would stay and had as good references as anything in the race. He never wasted energy and when it came to pushing the button it was instant and put the race to bed.”
Hurricane Lane’s only defeat this season came when he lost his two front boots and finished third in the Derby.
Appleby said, “The great thing about this horse is that for a permanent horse, he has a gear change. It couldn’t have been more comfortable to watch.’
That Epsom Derby form is looking strong now as Richard Hannon-trained Mojo Star cantered honestly yesterday to take second place – just like he did behind Adayar in the Derby. He could be a force in staying racing next season.
Frankel’s son goes 6-1 for the big European showdown at Longchamp on October 3rd
The rest of the Army field was made to look pedestrian, with The Mediterranean being the first home to O’Brien’s four runners. Added to the lineup for £50,000 and ridden by Frankie Dettori, O’Brien’s consistently disappointing High Definition defeated only one at home, the ostensibly non-staying Ottoman Emperor.
O’Brien fared better at Leopardstown as St Mark’s Basilica took four group wins from four runs this season when he defeated Tarnawa and Poetic Flare in a thrilling finish in the Irish Champion Stakes, surviving an investigation by the stewards.
The Queen’s hopes of a classic win in 2022, her platinum anniversary year, were dashed when contenders favorite Reach For the Moon was defeated by Bayside Boy in the Group Two Champagne Stakes at Doncaster. John Gosden, who trains Reach For The Moon with son Thady, thought the rain-softened soil didn’t suit his foal and said, “Better soil, better horse.”
A re-match may be at stake between Reach For The Moon and Roger Varian-trained Bayside Boy, who is a 14-1 shot for next year’s 2,000 Guineas next month in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.