Andre Fabre has reassured Hurricane Run’s army of supporters that the four-year-old will be back to his best in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot next month.
Despite suffering a shock defeat at the hands of Pride in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, Fabre believes last season’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner will be seen to better effect at Ascot in a truly run race.
“I am not disappointed,” said Fabre. “What good would being disappointed do me? That’s racing. There is no change of plan and we still head to Ascot, where you should see Hurricane Run as good as he is.
“His defeat was probably down to a combination of factors,” Fabre told the Racing Post. “First, Pride is a very good Group 1-class mare who has underlined that fact on many occasions in the past. We respect her. Also, Hurricane Run finished two lengths in front of Laverock, just as he did in the French Derby, and so he has probably run the same race.”
“Kieren (Fallon) told me that he was not happy with the horse during the race,” added Fabre.
“However, I also think a big factor was that he idled in front, which is something that is very common at Saint-Cloud. As the horses race up the straight, there is a bunch of trees facing in front of them, and many horses slow down when they see them.
“He was also not in exactly the same shape as when he won the Arc. He has had a lack of competition as he won his race in Ireland (Tattersalls Gold Cup) too easily. He needed Sunday’s race a little bit, and he needed it to bring out his fighting spirit.”