Battle Of Marengo beat just one home as Flintshire ran out a highly impressive winner of the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp...
"Rail Link won the Prix du Lys before winning the Grand Prix de Paris and he went on to win the Prix Niel and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. That seems like a nice idea for this horse, too."
The race was quickly over as a contest as the Andre Fabre-trained Flintshire, running in the colours of race sponsor Khalid Abdullah, moved effortlessly into contention two out and swept clear under Maxime Guyon before being heavily eased.
Manndawi ran a solid race in second with Fabre's Ocovango, who was a little tight for room in the straight, third.
Flintshire has now moved to the head of the market for the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe, trading at a price of 6.611/2.
The last Fabre inmate to win the Grand Prix de Paris before going on to claim Arc glory was the brilliant Abdullah-owned Rail Link in 2006 and the owner's racing manager, Teddy Grimthorpe, is hoping Flintshire can follow on his hoofprints.
Grimthorpe said: "Like Flintshire, Rail Link won the Prix du Lys before winning the Grand Prix de Paris and he went on to win the Prix Niel and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. That seems like a nice idea for this horse, too.
"He's progressing nicely and the Prix Niel is his most likely next race."
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