Kew hands O’Brien third Grand Prix de Paris
15 July 2018
After having won the July Cup earlier in the afternoon, Aidan O’Brien added another Group 1 to last Saturday’s tally, this time across the Channel, when Kew Gardens ran out a fine winner of the Grand Prix de Paris, whose number had been whittled down to just six following the defection of stablemate Rostropovich.
Dropping back in trip after his Queen's Vase success over longer at Royal Ascot, Kew Gardens was set a decent pace by O’Brien’s second runner, Nelson, who was to tire early in the straight leaving the way open for the eventual winner. Ryan Moore was nevertheless pressured by tenacious Prix du Lys winner, Neufbosc, after taking the lead 200m out, but his mount stayed on well to impose by a 1¼ lengths margin.
Mark Johnston’s Dee Ex Bee failed to live up to his Epsom Derby mark but still managed third, but a further three lengths back. André Fabre’s Folamour took fourth.
With the St. Leger an obvious choice for the winner, O’Brien confirmed that Kew Gardens was being tested over 2400m with a view to running in the King George at Ascot on 28 July.
Picture: Kew Gardens and Ryan Moore
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