Hurricane Lane backed up his Irish Derby victory with a majestic display to win the Grand Prix de Paris at ParisLongchamp.
The Charlie Appleby-trained colt may only have got up close home to deny Lone Eagle at the Curragh, but there was no doubting his superiority in the Group One on Bastille Day.
William Buick had Hurricane Lane in the perfect position from the start behind pacesetter The Mediterranean, one of three runners from Aidan O’Brien’s stable.
He led into the straight but Buick was always confident on Hurricane Lane and eased him into the lead a furlong and a half out.
The Frankel colt put the race to bed in a matter of strides and cruised clear to score with ease by six lengths.
Wordsworth, another O’Brien inmate, was second with Alenquer staying on well from the rear to grab third place, another length away. William Haggas’ King Edward VII Stakes victor could not get into a challenging position from his wide draw.
Hurricane Lane was cut to 8-1 from 12-1 for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe by Paddy Power and to 6-1 from 14-1 with Coral, who trimmed him to evens favourite from 5-2 for the St Leger.
The Galway Races Summer Festival will be limited to a crowd of 1,000 spectators a day.
The track had hoped to welcome up to 5,000 racegoers on each day of the week-long fixture from Monday 26 July to Sunday 1 August, which includes the Tote Galway Plate and Guinness Galway Hurdle, having submitted a detailed proposal to the Government in late June.
The Irish Derby meeting at the Curragh was run in front of a 1,000-strong attendance as part of a Government pilot, and that is the figure Galway will also have to adhere to at the end of this month following the response to their submission.
Racecourse crowds are still generally capped at 500, despite the success of the Curragh trial.
“We got news last night that we will be able to host 1,000 spectators on each day of the summer festival,” said Galway chief executive Michael Moloney.
“We know, given the support that we’ve got over the last couple of weeks, that this will be extremely disappointing news to all our fans who had been looking forward to the opportunity maybe of coming back to Ballybrit this year.
“In terms of our sponsors and everyone looking forward to a larger crowd this year, it is disappointing.
“On the upside it is 7,000 more people than we had this time last year – and for those that do manage to get to come to Ballybrit this year, we’re delighted we’ll have owners back and now a small amount of public on top of that.
“We certainly look forward to making it an event that will be worth being at.”
Lucas Herbert was exceptional in last week’s Irish Open, helping Australia claim an impressive double victory as Cam Davies captured the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.
The tour will now receive a healthy dose of razzmatazz ahead of next week’s Open Championship, with many of the world’s best players angling to finesse their links skills in this Rolex Series event.
The Scottish Open was first staged in 1935 but it only became a regular tour fixture in 1986. Now one of the tour’s richest tournaments, the Scottish Open is the traditional preceding event to the Open Championship.
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With the score currently standing at one each, Alcohol Free and Mother Earth will clash for the third time this season in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.
Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth came out on top when winning the 1000 Guineas, but Andrew Balding’s Alcohol Free levelled up in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Mother Earth was third that day, and splitting the pair was Richard Hannon’s Snow Lantern – who will also face the Group One winners again on Friday.
Ed Walker’s Primo Bacio was a late absentee from the Ascot race because of the softening ground but had earlier looked top class when winning at York.
Before that, she was not far behind Alcohol Free in the Fred Darling at Newbury.
“I’m massively excited about this step up in class – and more so after Ascot when the form was franked so much,” said Walker.
“The second at York (Creative Flair) has gone on to win a Listed race, and the third (Snow Lantern) has gone on to finish second in a Group One, so I can’t wait to see where this filly will end up.”
Another form line from Ascot is the Duke of Cambridge Stakes, which saw Indie Angel beat Lady Bowthorpe, and that pair also clash again.
John and Thady Gosden’s Indie Angel needed to be supplemented by her owners Cheveley Park Stud.
“We think it worth the supplementary entry,” said Cheveley’s Chris Richardson.
“My only concern would be the ground. It was rock hard on the Wednesday (at Royal Ascot), and we think she bounces off the ground, so hopefully it is no worse than good.”
Saffron Beach is back at a mile, ridden by David Egan with Adam Kirby unable to do 8st 12lb. Johnny Murtagh runs Champers Elysees – with Joseph O’Brien also sending Pretty Gorgeous, last year’s Fillies’ Mile winner.
Queen Power, Lavender’s Blue, Illykato and Just Beautiful complete the field.
Elsewhere on the card, nine will line up in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes – headed by Albany Stakes one-two Sandrine and Hello You.
Balding’s Sandrine appeared to relish the testing ground at Ascot, winning by a length and a half, while Hello You had really impressed on her debut with a six-and-a-half-length victory on the all-weather.
Nick Bradley Racing have three fillies sporting their colours – Oscula, Honey Sweet and Shouldavbeenmore.
Simon and Ed Crisford’s Flotus, well fancied for the Albany but a big disappointment, and Stuart Williams’ Desert Dreamer also line up.
Broome sealed a fine weekend for Aidan O’Brien as he secured a first Group One victory with an all-the-way success in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud at the Parisian track.
Fourth in the 2019 Derby at Epsom, Broome was limited to just two outings last year but has undergone a renaissance this term, winning three of his five starts before today.
Edged out in Group One company on his penultimate start and second to Wonderful Tonight in the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot, the son of Australia faced seven rivals over 12 furlongs in France, as O’Brien sought to add further top-level success after St Mark’s Basilica in the Eclipse on Saturday.
Partnered by Colin Keane, Broome was soon at the head of affairs and while the prolific Baron Samedi, trained by O’Brien’s son Joseph settled on his heels, the winner was still travelling much the best at the top of the straight.
Baron Samedi started to drop back as Broome forged on, with Ebaiyra launching a late challenge, but Broome was a length too good. Gold Trip took third with Arc runner-up In Swoop only fourth.
Broome was sent off a well-backed 3-1 shot on the UK and Ireland industry market, returning at 39-10 on the PMU.
Keane was notching his first top-level success in France, in what was also his first ride at Saint-Cloud.
He told Sky Sports Racing: “It’s my first time being here, but it’s a lovely track and I had a nice, willing partner, so hopefully it’s the first of many here.
“Speaking to Aidan beforehand, he said to keep it pretty simple and if nothing was happy to go, to make your own way. He’s a very uncomplicated horse, very genuine and stays well. Nothing was really going on, so I was happy to let my lad roll along, he pricked his ears and was taking me the whole way.
“He galloped right to the line and was very deserving of it to be fair. He’s been very consistent this year, so it’s nice to get the Group One beside his name.
“He was just denied at the Curragh and he ran well at Ascot the last day.”
Asked if Broome – who is part-owned with Coolmore by Japanese connections – could be a Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe contender in the autumn, Keane added: “I wouldn’t put them off anyway!
“He is very uncomplicated, acts on most grounds and gets the trip well, so I’m sure they’ll have plenty of fun with him for the rest of the year.”
Sacred Bridge kept her unbeaten run going with a victory in a dramatic race for the Coolmore Ten Sovereigns Tipperary Stakes at Tipperary.
She was successful on her debut at Naas just seven days earlier and the Ger Lyons-trained filly took the step up to Listed company in her stride.
Harmony Rose and Keith Dalgleish’s UK challenger Misty Ayr set the pace with Sacred Bridge on their heels.
The race had a wide-open look until Sacred Bridge quickened into the lead inside the final furlong under Colin Keane.
The daughter of Bated Breath, wearing the Juddmonte colours, put the race to bed to score by a length and a quarter from Misty Ayr. Harmony Rose was a length and a half further away in third.
Shane Lyons, assistant to his brother, said: “We’re very happy with that. She had a win last week and there was an early closing race in the Eyrefield Stakes on Saturday and she would have been in that but we don’t like putting them in until they win their maiden, that’s the policy.
“We have obviously done very little with her and she actually put weight on since and was giving us all the signs she wanted to go back.
“She did that very genuinely and Colin was again sympathetic with her. It was important she got black-type and Colin loves her temperament. She’ll mix and match it between five and six (furlongs) and take baby steps and go back to the team now and set out a plan. She has an exciting future.
“This filly is smaller than (former stablemate) Viadera, but has the same temperament and oozes with class.” There was a nasty incident before the winning line when the Aidan O’Brien-trained Amalfi Coast suffered a fatal injury.
Jockey Wayne Lordan was thrown clear and was quickly up on his feet. He was checked over by the racecourse medical staff.
On Amalfi Coast, Lyons added: “I’d also like to give our sympathies to Aidan and the team as that is a horrible thing to happen and it has put a bit of a dampener on it.”
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