Ribchester gave what Richard Fahey described as “the biggest win of my career” with a performance that oozed class in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville yesterday.
The Godolphin-owned colt looked unlucky when finishing like a proverbial train in the Sussex Stakes and backed up that view by comprehensively turning the tables with Galileo Gold who, according to Frankie Dettori, ran too freely.
It was Andre Fabre’s Vadamos that proved the biggest obstacle to overcome for William Buick and Ribchester, but they did so with a smart change of gear to seize the advantage inside the distance and score going away by three-quarters of a length.
Buick, who had flown to France from Chicago after riding in Saturday’s Arlington Million, gave Ribchester a congratulatory pat down the neck as the combination crossed the line in front of a packed crowd at the Normandy course.
Fahey said: “He’s incredible and came here in top form.
“He has a lot of class and a lot of speed.
“It’s probably the biggest win of my career and I’m very pleased, of course.
“It looked like he was going to win easily, but he had to battle a bit, and that’s good as it will help him to mature.
“We were very worried about the (low) draw, because the ground appeared to be a fair bit quicker on the far side, but needn’t have been.
“He will probably go to Ascot now for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
“I’ll have to speak to John (Ferguson, Godolphin racing manager), but I don’t think the Breeders’ Cup is on the agenda at present.”
Connections of Galileo Gold felt the Classic hero was too keen to do himself justice. Harry Herbert, racing manager for owners Al Shaqab Racing, said: “He was just too free early and had no cover.
“Ideally it would have been nice to follow something, but he got very lit up and ran with the choke out.
“He was very relaxed before the race, but completely out of rhythm in front on a straight track, where there’s nowhere to hide.
“Let’s see how he comes out of it, but I think he can have a mini-break and then we can look to run in the QEII.”
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