Trainer Aidan O’Brien continues his winning ways this season. Imperial Monarch, a Ballydoyle colt, justified his 6-5 favourite status accorded by betting tipsters by claiming first (€342,840) in the Group 1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris on Saturday.
The talk prior to the event had surrounded around David Lanigan’s Main Sequence (5-1 betting odds) but the three-year-old, mounted by jockey Ted Durcan, would be left in fourth place (€34,260) amid the soft turf conditions at Longchamp.
The Epsom Derby runner-up had his path blocked up the inner on a number of occasions and could not get a clear path from which to increase his speed down the final stretch in the 1 mile 3 furlong horserace.
Imperial March barely held off runner-up Last Train (9-1) in the final furlong to win by less than half a length. Trainer Andre Fabre’s three-year-old took in €137,160 in second prize. Saint Baudolino (4-1), another runner trained by Fabre, came in third.
In other news, it was announced on Saturday that Nell Gwyn winner Esentepe topped proceedings on the second day of the Tattersalls July Sale when selling for 220,000 guineas.
Trained by Richard Hannon on behalf of Middleham Park Racing, the Oratorio filly won the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket back in April. Blandford Bloodstock’s Tom Goff secured the filly of 220,000 guineas. The prior owners had purchased Esentepe as a yearling for 22,000 guineas.