Final Up to date: 18/08/19 3:53pm
Earthlight maintained his unbeaten report when seeing off the decided problem of Raffle Prize within the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville.
Skilled by Andre Fabre and owned by Godolphin, Earthlight had appeared very spectacular in profitable his three races up to now – however connections had voiced reservations concerning the testing floor.
Earthlight confronted a deep problem from Britain and Ireland – together with Aidan O’Brien’s Coventry Stakes winner Arizona, Norfolk hero A’Ali and Raffle Prize, who took the Queen Mary for Mark Johnston at Ascot.
Add to that Clive Cox’s Richmond Stakes winner Golden Horde, it was no surprise this Group One was being billed because the strongest juvenile contest of the season.
Not surprisingly Frankie Dettori tried to make all on Raffle Prize, who had additionally gained the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket.
With two furlongs to run, Dettori appeared to have most of his rivals in hassle, however Mickael Barzalona and Earthlight could possibly be seen shifting into rivalry.
The 2 loved a wonderful tussle inside the ultimate furlong – however on this event the colt was too sturdy for the filly, with the son of Shamardal prevailing by nearly half a size to offer the house group a primary win on this race since 2011.
Golden Horde completed third, with Arizona and A’Ali effectively overwhelmed off in fourth and fifth respectively.
“For me, that was one of the best races run in Europe this season, so I’m delighted because it was a tough race,” Fabre advised Sky Sports activities Racing.
“He confirmed potential and an incredible perspective, a typical Shamardal.
“He can go additional – he’ll be a Guineas horse for certain. The query is that if he runs once more this 12 months – (however) I would say Newmarket (Guineas).
“If he recovers from this he might go for the Dewhurst. He’s a top-class horse, obviously.”
Barzalona mentioned: “He was fairly spectacular. We have been frightened concerning the floor, however he is a really powerful horse and did it very effectively.
“I do not know if he’ll keep additional, however the primary factor was he gained the race at this time.”