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Galileo’s Imperial Monarch Battles to Glory In the Grand Prix de Paris

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19.50 atLCP G1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris [1 1/2m (T)] Winner: Imperial Monarch (Ire), c, 3 by Galileo (Ire)

Denied any meaningful chance when badly hampered in the G1 Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly June 3, “TDN Rising Star” Imperial Monarch (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) returned to France to prevail in a tight finish to yesterday’s G1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp. Sent straight to the lead by Joseph O’Brien, the 9-5 favorite was green throughout, but when challenged on either side by the Andre Fabre duo Last Train (GB)(Rail Link {GB}) and Saint Baudolino (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}), dug in to record a head success from the former. After a stewards’ inquiry into interference to the fourth-placed Main Sequence (Aldebaran), the winner was allowed to keep the race. “When we took him out of the G1 Irish Derby, we had this race in mind for him as we always thought he’d do well here,” trainer Aidan O’Brien said. “He’s a very good horse in his own right and justified that here. We are lucky to have two nice horses like him and Camelot.”

Saturday, Longchamp, France
, €600,000, Longchamp, 7-14, 3yo, c/f, 1 1/2mT, 2:35.47, sf.
1–IMPERIAL MONARCH (IRE), 128, c, 3, by Galileo (Ire)
     1st Dam: Ionian Sea (GB) (SW-Fr), by Slip Anchor (GB)
     2nd Dam: Snow Day (Fr), by Reliance II (Fr)
     3rd Dam: Vindaria, by Roi Dagobert (Fr)
(210,000gns yrl ’10 TATOCT). O-Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-David Magnier & Cobra Bloodstock; T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Joseph O’Brien; €342,840. Lifetime Record: 4-3-0-0, €390,531. *3/4 to The Great Gatsby (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells), G1SP-Eng & Ity, GSP-Ire, $744,018; Magritte (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells), G1SP-Eng; Roman Empress (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells), G1SP-Eng & GSP-Ire, $138,790; 1/2 to Ithaca (GB) (Groom
Dancer), GSP-Fr. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.

2–Last Train (GB), 128, c, 3, Rail Link (GB)–Rainbow Lake (GB), by Rainbow Quest. O-Khalid Abdullah; B-Juddmonte Farms; T-Andre Fabre; €137,160.
3–Saint Baudolino (Ire), 128, c, 3, Pivotal (GB)–Alessandria (GB), by Sunday Silence. O-Godolphin SNC; B-Darley; T-Andre Fabre; €68,580.
Margins: HD, HF, 3/4. Odds: 1.80, 12.00, 3.70.
Also Ran: Main Sequence, Top Trip (GB), Hard Dream (Ire), Albion (GB), Nutello, Lidari (Fr).
Click for the Racing Post chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Click for Equidia video.
Imperial Monarch started off with an impressive mile maiden score at The Curragh in September, but did not show for any of the late-season juvenile feature races and re-emerged in the Apr. 28 G3 Sandown Classic Trial over 10 furlongs. Taken wide throughout that Derby trial run on testing ground bordering on the extreme, the bay still managed to overcome the very smart Thought Worthy (Dynaformer) and establish his Classic credentials. Sent to Chantilly instead of Epsom, he caught the eye when thundering home on the outside when all had already been lost in a rough renewal of the Jockey Club and was beaten just over four lengths in eighth on that occasion. Due to line up against Camelot (GB) (Montjeu {Ire}) in the G1 Irish Derby a fortnight ago, he was withdrawn after reportedly causing some concern with a pulse in his foot on the eve of the race and was re-routed to this prestigious affair, which was reinvented in 2005. Quickly in the lead, he raced like the inexperienced colt he still is with ears pricked for Joseph O’Brien, but set honest fractions before being asked to lengthen before the turn into the straight. As Ted Durcan unsuccessfully sought room for Main Sequence first up the rail and then on the outer, Last Train was hard at work with Saint Baudolino looking set to throw down the most serious threat. Imperial Monarch looked to be hanging around for company in front inside the final furlong and it was Last Train who emerged up the fence late on under Maxime Guyon to make life more difficult, but the Ballydoyle raider kept finding to edge the thrilling finale. The subsequent lengthy inquiry centered around the jink of the winner across the path of Main Sequence as that unlucky runner started to squeeze through a gap behind, but the status quo was maintained. Last Train’s jockey Maxime Guyon said of the runner-up, “I knew he would be better over a mile and a half and he needed a little time around the bend and in the straight to get going, but he’s run a very nice race.” Main Sequence’s connections were disappointed with their fortune afterwards, but not the colt. “He was very unlucky, but for us the important thing is that he has confirmed his good run in the Epsom Derby,” the Niarchos Family’s Racing Manager Alan Cooper commented. “At this stage, we do not know the plan for him but we intend to keep him in training as a four-year-old and so we’ll take our time to see where he runs next.”


Posted July 15, 2012 by belesprit09 in International

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