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Hurricane Lane blows away rivals in G1 Grand Prix de Paris


Hurricane Lane produced a sensational display as he routed his opposition to record a quickfire G1 double over a mile and a half in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp, France, on Wednesday, 14 July.

The Frankel colt had already established himself among the best three-year-olds in Europe with a swooping victory for Charlie Appleby in the G1 Irish Derby at the Curragh just 18 days earlier.

After breaking smartly and disputing the early running, Hurricane Lane soon settled in a clear second as The Mediterranean led the 11-strong field.

Hurricane Lane closed in on The Mediterranean entering the final-quarter mile and put the race to bed in a matter of strides as he powered clear a furlong and a half from home.

He opened up further daylight inside the final furlong, hitting the line strongly under William Buick to come home six lengths clear of Irish Derby third Wordsworth.

William Buick said: “I would like to thank France Galop, the medical team and everyone for allowing us to come over here during these difficult times. We had the required documents and vaccinations, so we were able to come. We were not quite sure on Monday but thankfully we got through.

“This horse is just a superstar. Today’s race was very smooth – he had a smoother race today than the one he had in Ireland last time. For him, the pace felt normal today, which is the sign of a good horse and you can see from the 400m-pole that he has a turn of foot as well.

“He has the pace and the turn of foot, while he also has a very good mind. He is a beautiful horse and I am very lucky to be able to ride a horse like him. Full credit to Charlie and the team for getting him here after a hard race in the Irish Derby.

“This track is perfect for him and the ground was on the easy side of good today. I am sure that the team will consider him for the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe over the same course and distance in October.”