Ribchester claims Marois glory
Richard Fahey's Ribchester brilliantly claimed victory in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.
William Buick guided Ribchester to a deserved top-class success.
Third in 2000 Guineas before winning the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, the three-year-old then raised his game again to finish a close third in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
With 2000 Guineas winner and Sussex Stakes runner-up Galileo Gold in opposition once more, the Godolphin-owned Ribchester was an 11/4 shot to gain his revenge.
William Buick settled his mount in midfield before launching his challenge inside the final furlong and the Iffraaj colt responded admirably to get the better of Vadamos, with Ervedya third.
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The Hugo Palmer-trained Galileo Gold raced on the pace throughout and while he remained in contention with a furlong to run, he weakened quickly soon after and was ultimately disappointing.
Buick said: "It's a great thrill to win one of the most prestigious races in France and it shows that he might have been unlucky in the Sussex, when I didn't ride him.
"I was aware that I was drawn away from the likes of Galileo Gold and Vadamos, but my horse was always happy sitting close to the pace and quickened up nicely when I asked him.
"We were going away at the finish.
"He is one of the best milers I've ridden, for sure."
Fahey tweeted: "Yes!!!! He deserved that. Ribchester wins the Group One Prix Jacques Le Marois under William Buick. Congrats to Godolphin & team Musley Bank."
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