Bary aims to increase French Derby tally
01 June 2018
Winner of the Gr.1 Prix du Jockey-Club on no fewer than five occasions, trainer Pascal Bary has come away empty-handed since Blue Canari won it in 2004 but on Sunday afternoon he sends out a pair of solid candidates with his eye firmly fixed on the classic prize.
With Study Of Man he had been tempted to send him across the Channel for the Epsom Derby but ultimately opted for the French version. “On the distaff side there is a lot of speed and I don’t want to run him over 2400m (1½m) too soon,” he confesses. “He might be ready for the classic distance in the autumn.”
While Study Of Man won on debut last autumn, his second runner, Naturally High, had to wait until his third racecourse appearance to enjoy the taste of success. According to his handler, it was just a question of time. “I thought a lot of him as a two year-old but I think I ran him too early - 8th August. On his next start [29th September] he set things right and acquitted himself very well at Saint-Cloud. He is more mature this year and has won both races he has run, the first of which was over the Jockey-Club course, which is a very important advantage.”
Bary’s five Jockey-Club successes were obtained either in the Niarchos colours, in which Study Of Man will run, or those of Jean-Louis Bouchard which will be carried by Théo Bachelot on Naturally High. While the former is expected to be better supported, anything can happen on the selective Chantilly track, something of which Bary is only too aware.
Picture: Study of Man
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