Qatar Prix de la Forêt : One Master right in the end

08 October 2018

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Trained by William Haggas One Master (Fastnet Rock) avenged Sea of Class, who finished second in the Arc… She also finished like wind up the outside to land the Qatar Prix de la Forêt (Gr1). However, contrary to Sea o f Class, One Master managed to finish in front on the line! She beat Inns of Court (Invincible Spirit), who had looked like the winner. However, often over  this idiosyncratic 1400m track at ParisLongchamp , the winner comes from off the pace, as the final home stretch is never-ending. Also running in the Godolphin colours, Dutch Connection (Dutch Art) had victory on his mind , after squeezing up the rail.

 

HOW THEY RAN

  • 1st  – One Master: Amongst the rear end runners in the race, he produced a long and brilliant acceleration on the outside, coming to take the advantage from Inns of Court in the final strides.
  • 2nd – Inns of Court : After traveling in the heart of the field, he attacked in the early stages and held his effort until the very end, and was only beaten only on the finish line by One Master, coming the outside.
  • 3rd – Dutch Connection : Producing his effort on the rail, after having travel led in the mid-field, Dutch Connection looked like the winner for a moment battling head to head with Inns of Court who runs in the same colours. 
  • 4th – Gustav Klimt : Finished well in the middle, well behind the first three.
  • 5th – Sir Dancealot : Travel led at the rear end of the field, produced a good acceleration on the outside, without getting involved in the final stages.
  • 6th – Jimmy Two Times : Finished nicely in the mid-field, out-distanced by the horses in front.
  • 7th – Polydream : Traveling in the second part of the field, trying to produce her effort on the rail but getting stuck behind a wall of horses who started to fade and losing all her chances at this stage. She tried to come back, but the game was over at this stage.
  • 8th – Tornibush : Had a good run in behind the leaders. Tried his chance at the distance but weakened out of contention.
  • 9th – Teppal : Had a very good run  sitting in third position, weakened in the decisive moment.
  • 10th – So Beloved : Suffered from his bad start.
  • 11th – Zalamea : Made the pace in the early stages, weakened early in the final straight disturbing several horses.
  • 11th – James Garfield : Front runner who fade out when things got serious.
  • 13th – Burnt Sugar : Never dangerous.
  • 14th – Geniale : Amongst the last throughout the race. 
  • 15th – Karar : Finished last, weakening brutally after having trailed the leaders.
  • Cœur de Beauté : Declared a non runner.

 

 

Quotes

William Haggas (Trainer of One Master, 1st)

“She is a very smart, and very attractive filly who has won over 1200m in the past. She had a strong win in Ireland. Today was a bit harder, but her jockey rode her well. We kept her in training with the idea of her winning a good race and she has run well in a Gr1. Now we need to think about her next steps. This win is special to me because I trained both her mother and grandmother.”

Lisa-Jane Graffard (manager of the Godolphin stable in France, 2nd with Inns of Court)

"We can't be disappointed because he ran so well. He backs up his last good performance, coming third, in the Qatar Prix du Pin (Gr3), there isn't much left to say. He is a good ground horse who doesn't like extreme conditions, so he was happy today."

Charles Hills (trainer of Dutch Connection, 3rd)

"I couldn’t be happier with the performance of the horse. The jockey was unlucky not to find an opening. He finished very well. This is surely the best performance in his career."

Aidan O’Brien (trainer of Gustav Klimt, 4th)

"We are very happy with his performance. He was beaten by three good horses. For his next outing we might consider Breeders' Cup Mile. We will think about it."

David Elsworth (trainer of Sir Dancealot, 5th)

"I thought he ran a great race, he just didn’t get the last half a furlong. He hung a little bit left which he’s done before, but it’s the end of a long hard season. He’s a good contender and next year we’re hoping for a repeat. I would guess that might be the end of him for this season, but we might go to Ascot for one more run. It depends how he comes out of the race. He’s a gelding and he’ll race forever. We love him! He’s a good horse."

 

For the record

Year         Winner                        Trainer                     Owner                                       Jockey                 Time

2018         One Master                 W. Haggas               Lael Stable                               P.-C. Boudot       1’20’’29

2017         Aclaim                        M. Meade                 Canning Downs & Partner       O. Murphy           1’25’’75

2016         Limato                        H. Candy                  P. G. Jacobs                              H. Bentley           1’21’’83

2015         Make Believe             A. Fabre                   Prince A. Faisal                        O. Peslier             1’17’’05

2014    Olympic Glory           R. Hannon      Al Shaqab Racing      L. Dettori        1’17’’73