Sublimis swoops to conquer in Listed Prix Lord Seymour
Sublimis beat last year’s Deutsches Derby hero and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe runner-up In Swoop when coming from last to first in the 12-furlong Listed Prix Lord Seymour at Longchamp, France, on Sunday, 18 April.
The homebred son of Shamardal, an easy winner on the all-weather at Chantilly on his seasonal return in March, was half a stride slow leaving the stalls and restrained at the rear of the eight runners by Mickael Barzalona.
Sublimis started to make headway around the field with half a mile left and showed an excellent turn of foot to hit the front entering the final furlong. The Andre Fabre-trained five-year-old galloped out strongly for a cosy three-quarter length verdict over In Swoop.
Lisa-Jane Graffard of Godolphin said: “Sublimis has really improved again from four to five and is a horse who we hope to have a lot of fun with this year, so it’s great to see him win.
“Shamardal always puts a lot of speed into a pedigree, no matter what the dam did, and this win opens up options for him. Mr Fabre will decide whether he stays over this distance for a race like the Grand Prix de Chantilly or steps back up to 15 furlongs.”