Eminent’s win came shortly after Chris Wall’s First Sitting took glory while David Elsworth’s Tisbutadream was also far from disgraced in second and Jamie Osborne’s Pursuing The Dream took the Listed contest
EMINENT made sure it was a good day for the British raiders in Deauville with victory in the Prix Guillaume d’Ornano.
Martyn Meade’s colt was given a brilliant ride by Ryan Moore who made all on the son of Frankel leaving hot favourite Brametot trailing behind in fifth.
Salouen ran another solid race in defeat in second.
Meade said: “He had a clear run and showed how good he is. I’m absolutely thrilled. He’s come through some difficult times and been thrown in the deep end, by me I have to say.
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“He’s sort of struggled a little bit and never had the full running, whereas today he could bowl along and say ‘this is me, this is what I want to do’. He did it in great style.
“Beating a dual Classic winner in France is quite exciting stuff. That’s what made this race so great as well. There were lots of really good horses in it, but he was the one we were worried about.
“The Guineas didn’t work out for him and I don’t think a mile is his distance.
“The Derby was absolutely on the nail for him really. He was bumped three times and maybe he wouldn’t have won, but certainly he should have been second or third.”
Asked whether Eminent could come under consideration for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Meade added: “He could do. We can all dream, can’t we?
“I do think he’d like that distance (mile and a half).
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“I know him so well now, so it just depends how he is at home. If it’s a possibility then I’d love to bring him back.”
Earlier on in the day, Chris Wall’s First Sitting claimed a surprise win in the Prix Gontaut-Biron.
Wall’s six-year-old looked to have plenty on his hands with champion Almanzor making his seasonal reappearance but he comfortably held his rivals at bay.
Almanzor was disappointing and was ultimately well-beaten.
Wall told At The Races: “The race went well. I’m not sure if the pacemaker was in there to go slow or go fast, but he set a reasonable pace.
“Gerald got him in a good position, we wanted to be handy. He quickened up well in the straight and put a bit of distance between himself and the others, a bit like he did at Goodwood.
“He’s a very willing horse who runs to the line and the others weren’t able to catch him, so that’s excellent.”