Hurricane Lane followed up from his win in the Irish Derby to absolutely bolt up under Willial Buick in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp on Wednesday night for trainer Charlie Appleby and Godolphin. Sent off the 17/10 favourite he tracked the leader was ridden briefly three furlongs our, ran on the lead two furlongs out then it was just a case of how he was going to win, ultimately scooting clear by a very easy six lengths.
William Buick is quoted as saying, ‘It was a more straightforward race for me than in Ireland. We were better placed today, the ground was maybe a little bit kinder on him. But I think he has improved again. Credit to Charlie and the team at home to get him out of the Irish Derby. He had a hard race there and they were adamant this was a good target for him, and they’ve been repaid. He keeps getting quicker. In Ireland he showed a bit of a turn of foot. And then today, I know the ground is slow today, but it is quite a quick track. You run downhill and then the straight is dead flat, there is no rise in it. He really picked up. He put it to bed really quick. He’s improved again and he’s just a very good horse, he’s getting better with racing.‘
Trainer Charlie Appleby told reporters, ‘He’s obviously been a very exciting horse and he’s only been beaten once in his life and that was in the Derby when I felt inexperience caught us out. Today’s performance has franked him as one of the best three-year-olds in Europe and he is an exciting horse. As we always do, we will allow the dust to settle but you would have to be thinking about him as a serious contender for the Arc. We will give him a bit of a break now because he’s run in an English Derby, and Irish Derby and then backed it up two and a half weeks later in a Grand Prix de Paris. He deserves to have a break, but whether he can give himself a break is another thing. He ran in the Grand Prix because he had come out of the Irish Derby so well. He has a great constitution. He has a great mind, and he shows his wellbeing in the morning.’
Hurricane Lane is best priced 10/1 for the Prix de I Arc de Triomphe but that is with firms you are unlikely to get much more than a dinar on with. Anyone with their accounts marked that fancies a decent bet will probably have to settle for more like 6/1. He still heads the market for the St. Leger at a top priced 9/4 which is general with the majority of firms.