John Gosden won the Group 1 Prix Jacques Le Marois for a third time in the last eight years as Palace Pier won the prestigious one mile event for a second successive year. Travelling strongly on the outside, Frankie Dettori's mount looked set to prevail comfortably but the top-class three year old Poetic Flare rallied on the rail. Only a neck separated the pair with nearly two lengths back to the third Order of Australia. Palace Pier has now won five Group 1 races and, while he may not show the same electrying turn of foot his sire and former stablemate Kingman (won this in 2014) on every occasion, he is one of the best milers of recent times. Reportedly held up by a blood disorder in his preparation, his connections will consider either the QEII or Champion Stakes at Ascot in April. It would be great to see him tried over a mile and a quarter and a possible clash with St Mark's Basilica. Either way, he has been a very special horse for Gosden and Dettori.
Keep an eye on the fourth home Midtown. Unbeaten at two, he didn't reappear until last month having suffered an injury during the winter/early spring. Andre Fabre's three year old had run respectably over seven furlongs in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at the same track and was stepping up to a mile for the first time here. Beaten less than three lengths, he is a Pattern winner in waiting and could have a major say in the some of the big Autumn events. He could be one for the Group 2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein at Longchamp (2nd October) before staying in training next year.
Just a reminder, the York Ebor Update will be emailed to clients on Monday (early evening). There is still plenty of time to order a copy - please go to the Publications section of the site. The Update is £6.00 and, in additional to full analysis of the four days on the Knavesmire, there is an ante-post selection, plus an interview with Joe Foley, racing manager for Clipper Logistics, and fifteen unraced two year olds to watch out for during the Autumn. Two years ago, the same feature unearthed the aforementioned Palace Pier.
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