Godolphin 1-2 in G3 Prix de Conde led by Line Of Duty
Line Of Duty gained a comfortable success in the G3 Prix de Conde over nine furlongs at Chantilly, France, on Monday, 1 October.
Trained by Charlie Appleby and partnered by William Buick, the two-year-old colt chased the leader El Ingrato, with the second Godolphin contender, Syrtis (Andre Fabre/Pierre-Charles Boudot), racing in third.
Line Of Duty dropped back to third on the inside after the first quarter-mile, but remained close to the pace.
Syrtis challenged for the lead in the straight, while Line Of Duty was short of room for a moment.
Line Of Duty moved up between the front two and ran on strongly for an eased-down length and a quarter success over Syrtis who kept on.
His winning time came to 1m 50.51s on good to soft ground.
Charlie Appleby said: “Line Of Duty won well today and the step-up in trip from a mile has suited him.
“He is a horse that is going the right way. As regards to any future engagements, I would say he could take in one more run before the end of the season.
“I will have to discuss the options with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and we will make a decision.
“Line Of Duty looks like he is ready to go up in class again and I am sure there will be options open to him.”
Lisa-Jane Graffard of Godolphin added: “Syrtis has run well and stepped up on his maiden to finish second in a G3. We were delighted with his performance as he seems to be progressing.
“While he didn’t quite have the turn of foot to match Line Of Duty, Syrtis is a nice horse who hopefully has a good future to look forward to next year.
“No decision has been made as to whether he will run again this year – we will see how he comes out of this race.”