Imperial monarch comes back to france with a bang

Autres informations / 16.07.2012

Imperial monarch comes back to france with a bang

 

LONGCHAMP, SATURDAY

Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Gr1)

A?er a long stewards’ enquiry, imperial monarch (Galileo) provided an

Irish victory on a French National Holiday in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris

(Gr1). Favourite ahead of the race, Aidan O’Brien’s charge proved his courage

in a hard fought finish with Last train (Rail Link), but connections had to su?er through a drawn out enquiry a?er the colt closed a gap on Main Sequence (Aldebaran) just before the

line. However the stewards judged that the Niachos horse had not committed when

the gap when it was closed.

This was a

well-deserved success for Imperial Monarch a?er his unlucky run in the Prix du Jockey Club (Gr1) at Chantilly in

early June. Winning trainer Aidan O’Brien explained: “We

hadn’t

planned on going in front, that was Joseph’s decision. He is still a little

green and today was his first time over 2,400m but he stays well. We could go

for the Irish Champion Stakes, but I think the Prix Niel is more likely.” Imperial

Monarch is the nephew of oscar (Sadler’s Wells), second in the Prix du Jockey

Club (Gr1) behind Peintre Célèbre and now standing at Coolmore. He is also the

nephew of Blue stag (Sadler’s Wells) who finished second in the Epsom Derby

(Gr1). ?e dam of Imperial Monarch, ionian sea

(Slip Anchor) ran in the Strawbridge colours for Jonathon Pease and as a broodmare

has produced ithaca (Groom Dancer), second in the Prix Berteux (Gr3), ?e Great Gatsby (Sadler’s Wells), second in the Epsom Derby, magritte

(Sadler’s Wells), third in the Racing Post Trophy (Gr1) and

roman

empress (Sadler’s Wells), third in the Yorkshire Oaks(Gr1).