Study of Man wins French Derby

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

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CHANTILLY, France (AFP) — Study of Man took the lead in the final furlong and held off several challenges to win the Prix du Jockey Club, the French Derby, at Chantilly on Sunday.

Ridden by Stephane Pasquier, the French colt started accelerating through the field on the home straight and hit the front with almost a furlong left.

In the last 300 metres, Patascoy, Louis D'Ord and Intellogent all challenged, but Study of Man clung on to win by half a length.

“It's unbelievable, he's a great horse. I really rode a race that was not made for him,” said Pasquier, who won the race for the first time at the age of 40.

Patascoy, ridden by Mickael Barzalona, was second, edging Louis D'Or (Antoine Hamelin), by a head.

The victory was the sixth in the French Derby for trainer Pascal Bary, who also saddled winners Celtic Arms (1994), Ragmar (1996), Dream Well (1998), Sulamani (2002), and Blue Canari (2004).

Study Of Man is a very smart and alert horse,” Bary said. “He understands everything, manages himself well and gives his all. He's a dream to train.”

The horse is owned by the Niarchos family.

“It's fantastic,” Electra Niarchos, granddaughter of the tycoon Stravros Niarchos, said at the press conference. “It's the history of our family because Study Of Man is the grandson of the champion Miesque, who carried our colours with distinction in the world of thoroughbred racing.”

Sunday's race was over 2,100 metres. Bary admitted afterwards that Pasquier had said that Study of Man could go 2,400 metres, explaining this suggested “he could run the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe” in October.

Study of Man went off as second favourite at 4-1. Favourite Olmedo, at 3-1, finished 13th in the 16-horse field.

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