INTELLO ran out an easy winner of the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly to give master trainer Andre Fabre a third win in the French Classic – and super sire Galileo a second Derby in 24 hours after the success of Ruler Of The World at Epsom.
A fast-finishing third after a troubled passage in the French 2,000 Guineas, Olivier Peslier’s mount was sent off the 15-8 favourite, stepped up to a mile and a quarter for the first time and was always travelling strongly.
Ridden to lead heading inside the last two furlongs, Intello showed smart acceleration to put the race to bed and come home well clear of Morandi and Christophe Soumillon. Fabre also saddled the third, Godolphin’s Sky Hunter.
The British and Irish runners failed to make a serious impact, with Ann Duffield’s Yorkshire hope Willie The Whipper faring best in sixth.
Jim Bolger’s Loch Garman was well beaten in 10th place with Andrew Oliver’s First Cornerstone 15th in the hands of Frankie Dettori, having had quite a rough passage. Bookmakers were quick to cut Intello’s odds for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe but part-owner Alain Wertheimer said: “It is too early to speak about the Arc or any other races and it is not up to us but to the trainer to make that decision.”
Peslier said: “He is a very good horse who has stamina and speed. The race went as planned. I positioned him where I wanted and he quickened nicely when I asked him.
“Considering what he beat at Newmarket [in the Feilden Stakes, where Newmarket 2000 Guineas second Glory Awaits was third], he certainly is one of the best three-year-olds around, if not the best three-year-old.”
Robert Cowell’s Spirit Quartz took Group Two honours in the Prix du Gros-Chene under a tactically astute ride from Jamie Spencer.
Placed at Pattern level on numerous occasions last season, the five-year-old’s only previous success since joining Cowell came in a Nottingham conditions race back in early April.
Fifth in the Temple Stakes at Haydock last weekend, the 7-2 joint-favourite was never far off the pace in this five-furlong contest and quickened a couple of lengths clear over a furlong down.
Market rival Catcall finished strongly down the centre of the track but Spirit Quartz held on to gain a narrow verdict.
David O’Meara’s Elusivity did best of the other British runners in fourth, finishing ahead of William Muir’s Stepper Point, Tim Easterby’s Hamish McGonagall and the Rae Guest-trained Mirza.
What A Name failed to bounce back from her disappointing display in the Qipco 1,000 Guineas as she beat only one home in the Prix de Sandringham.
A high-class juvenile and an impressive winner of the Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte on her seasonal return, the Mikel Delzangles-trained filly was a leading contender for last month’s Newmarket Classic but was well beaten in seventh.
The three-year-old was subsequently found to be in season and was sent off the 11-10 favourite to get back to win in this one-mile Group Two test.
Keen in the early stages, What A Name was allowed to stride to the head of affairs by Christophe Lemaire and all appeared to be going well rounding the home turn.
However, once she came under pressure the response was limited and she faded in the final furlong, passing the post with only Sparkling Beam behind.
Victory went to Jean-Claude Rouget’s 11-2 chance Peace Burg, the mount of Christophe Soumillon.