PARIS // The Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed-owned Tamayuz won the Abu Dhabi Sorouh Prix Jean Prat (Group 1) in Chantilly yesterday. Six British horses had crossed the English Channel to race but they were denied by the astute tactical ride by Tamayuz's jockey Davy Bonilla.
The Freddie Head-trained three-year-old was always prominent and struck for home with two furlongs of the race left to run. Raven's Pass, trained by John Gosden, made a late run up the rail from mid-division to finish second while Frankie Dettori guided Godolphin's Rio De La Plata to third after a late burst. The winner, a lightly raced son of Nayef, was last seen in action in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains at Longchamp. He finished ninth on that day behind Falco and Rio De La Plata.
Victory on home turf capped a sensational week for Head and Bonilla, who landed the Group 1 July Cup with Marchand D'Or at Newmarket, England on Friday. A delighted Head said: "My horse was very impressive today. I knew he was a good horse. "There was nothing for him after the Guineas and I didn't have a lot of choice so I kept him fresh to come here. I knew this race would suit him, but I was surprised when I saw the entries as it is usually much easier.
"We will have to talk to Sheikh Hamdan, but the Prix Jacques le Marois would be the obvious race for him." Meanwhile, Rio de la Plata's trainer Saeed bin Suroor was pleased with his horse's outing. He said: "He has run well and I was happy with the way he finished. "He came from behind and was finishing strongly, so maybe he needs to go further and we will try and find a race for him over a mile-and-a-quarter.
"The International at York would be one such race but we will keep our options open." Pacemakers Legislation and Poligold made the running for Raven's Pass and Falco respectively. British runners were prominent at the finish. Cat Junior put in a strong challenge to get home fourth. Kandahar Run was fifth and Winker Watson in his seasonal debut since his promising juvenile days was seventh. The trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam said after the race that his charge had lost a shoe.
John Gosden, the trainer of runner-up Raven's Pass, said: "He has run a blinder, but the winner has ridden a good race - sat handy to the pace, stolen those lengths and we couldn't get him back. "We have come from a long way back, which isn't ideal, but you don't normally have such a big field for this race. He probably got too far back and ran out of ground." He is now set to aim his charge at Sussex Stakes.
Meanwhile, Moonstone just prevailed in a thrilling finish to the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh. Sent off the 2-1 favourite, the Aidan O'Brien-trained filly needed all of Johnny Murtagh's magic in getting the better of 66-1 stablemate Ice Queen right on the line. @Email:firstname.lastname@example.org