Stage Magic was the game winner of the mile G3 Prix des Chenes at Chantilly, France, on Sunday, September 3.
The two-year-old Dark Angel colt, trained by Charlie Appleby with James Doyle up, set out to make all the running.
He led at a fair pace before quickening up in the straight but was joined by Zyzzyva who took a narrow advantage with over a furlong to race.
Stage Magic rallied and was back in front with a half-furlong remaining and he held Olmedo’s late flourish by a short-head, with Zyzzyva a neck further in arrears. His winning time came to 1m 38.77s on soft ground.
Charlie Appleby commented: “I am delighted with Stage Magic, who was suited by the ease in the ground.
“He led at a nice gallop and picked up strongly.
“He will be even better as a three-year-old when racing over further.
“We have plenty of two-year-olds doing well and so we will see how he comes out this race plus consider the others before making further plans for him.”
Sound And Silence ran on gamely to take second in the five-furlong G3 Prix d’Arenberg at Chantilly, France, on Sunday, September 3.
The two-year-old son of Exceed And Excel, already a dual Listed winner, was never happy on the soft ground.
Ridden by James Doyle, he was held up, raced a bit keenly early on and chased the leaders in the group racing off the stands’ rail.
He was asked to progress over two furlongs out, but hung before finding a clear run late, closing strongly to get within a half-length of the winner Rimini, whose time came to 58.26s.
Trainer Charlie Appleby said: “The ground went against Sound And Silence today – it was too slow for him.
“It still made sense to run him as we could have similar conditions at Doncaster in nearly two weeks’ time (G2, 5f, Flying Childers Stakes, September 15).
“He ran solidly, with the race not run to suit him – they went steady and then sprinted.
“Sound And Silence is a likeable horse and always competitive. He is a typical sprinter and we will keep Doncaster in mind as we can freshen him up in time.”
Secret Number made a successful seasonal return in the G2 International Bosphorus Cup over a mile and a half on turf at Veliefendi, Turkey, on Sunday, September 3.
The seven-year-old son of Raven’s Pass, trained by Saeed bin Suroor and ridden by Gerald Mosse, was well away in the six-runner race.
Settled in fourth towards the outside, he went third and raced keenly for a long way as a steady pace was set up front by Blaze To Win.
Secret Number came to challenge over a furlong out, soon went to the front and ran on well to win eased down by two lengths from Elbereth in 2m 32.41s on good going.
Saeed bin Suroor, sending out his third winner from three starters at Veliefendi this weekend, commented: “Secret Number has won well – he had pleased me before this race.
“The pace was slow and this was his first start for a long time, which is why he pulled hard. The jockey did well again.
“There is no plan at the moment for Secret Number, but we will look for another Group race for him”
Gerald Mosse added: “It was a nice and easy victory. We always had the race under control.”
Latest posts by S. Jack Heffernan Ph.D (see all)
- Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at ParisLongchamp - April 22, 2019
- Australia’s Horse Racing and Breeding Industry Needs Strong Political Representation - April 13, 2019
- Ben Currie Vs Darren Weir: Extremes are Hurting Australian Racing - April 12, 2019