G1 second for Noble Truth in Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere
Noble Truth continued his progressive two-year-old campaign with a valiant second in the seven-furlong G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp, France, on Sunday, 3 October.
The Charlie Appleby-trained colt, a Listed winner over the same distance at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting, was immediately sent to the front of the nine-strong field and moved across to grab the inside rail after a furlong and a half.
Noble Truth raced exuberantly on the testing ground but looked to have the majority of his rivals in trouble when kicking for home approaching the final quarter-mile.
He was reeled in by Angel Bleu with half a furlong left and kept on in the closing stages under William Buick to go down by three-quarters of a length, with the same margin back to Ancient Rome in third.
Charlie Appleby said: “We were delighted with the performance of Noble Truth, who handled conditions and saw out the trip well. We could step him up to a mile for the G1 Criterium International at Saint-Cloud later in the month or possibly put him away for the winter now.”