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Arcano wins The Prix Morny - 23.08.2009

Arcano (blue) bursts through to deny Special Duty (pink cap) in the Prix Morny at Deauville

  PICTURE: Scoop/Dyga 


Arcano grabs Morny
win for Oasis Dream

Report: France, Sunday

Deauville: Darley Prix Morny (Group 1) 2yo, 6f

ARCANO capped an outstanding week for Juddmonte's Oasis Dream on Sunday when running out a short neck winner of the Prix Morny at Deauville.

As well as being the sixth horse by Oasis Dream to triumph in a stakes race during the past eight days, he helped pull off a notable afternoon double for the sire following Lady Jane Digby's victory in the Group 3 Walther J. Jacobs Stutenpreis at Bremen.

The Richard Hannon-trained Canford Cliffs was sent off the 4-9 favourite to follow up his scintillating victory in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, but he failed to pick up when asked and could only finish third.

Victor Chandler reacted by pushing the son of Tagula out to 10-1 (from 4-1 favourite) for the 2,000 Guineas and cutting Arcano to 8-1 (from 14), while the sponsors have a new favourite in their book with Arcano 7-1 (from 16-1) and Canford Cliffs out to 8-1 (from 4-1).

Special Duty, winner of the Prix Robert Papin, jumped straight into the lead under jockey Stephane Pasquier and raced keenly down the middle of the course.

Canford Cliffs was settled in behind the pacesetter with the Brian Meehan-trained Arcano, who was having his first run since being purchased by Hamdan Al Maktoum, anchored at the rear by Richard Hills.

Trainer Brian Meehan

Brian Meehan: pleased for owner

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch  

With two furlongs togo Canford Cliffs, who had drifted over to the near rail, mounted his challenge but the electric acceleration that he had shown on his last two starts deserted him.

Special Duty, who is bound for the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket, galloped on relentlessly in the middle of the course and looked like holding off all challengers until Arcano weaved his way through to just pip the filly.

Meehan said: "It's a tremendous win becauseit's his first for his new owner. He's still a baby and is immature and wants stepping up in trip. All options are open to him."

A disappointed Richard Hannon junior said: "He had every chance. Maybe it was a disadvantage racing on the rail but it was disappointing after the way he ran at Ascot."

Oasis Dream's sensational week was kickstarted by Sri Putra's victory in the Prix Guillaume d'Ornano and Aqlaam's second-placed effort in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville last Sunday.

The stallion's run was continued at York by Monitor Closely, who was successful in the Great Voltigeur Stakes, and Showcasing, who won the Gimcrack Stakes.

Perfect Stride also ran third in the Strensall Stakes, while Mullein and Bouvardia filled the first two places in the Flying Fillies' Stakes at Pontefract.

Oasis Dream stands at Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket for £30,000.

Bred by the Yellow Bird Syndicate, Arcano is the first foal out of the unraced Daylami mare Tariysha, a half-sister to the Listed-placed Tarwila.

He was a 90,000gns purchase by McKeever St Lawrence at last year's Tattersalls October Sale.




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