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Vision D'Etat Ascot June 2009

Vision D'Etat: powered past Tartan Bearer (white) to win by half a length

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Vision leaves it late to land Prince of Wales's

Report: Royal Ascot, Wednesday

Prince Of Wales's Stakes (Group 1) 1m2f

ERIC LIBAUD breathed a sigh of relief when Vision D'Etat, who had been declared without his customary tongue tie by accident, ground down the staying-on Tartan Bearer and Never On Sunday to claim victory.

Having won two French Group 1s with a tongue-tie, connections were understandably worried that the four-year-old's chance of a third top-level success was diminished beyond repair, but Vision D'Etat and Olivier Peslier had other ideas.


Peslier settled the 4-1 shot off the pace early on, tracked only by Never On Sunday and Trincot, and the pair were no closer as the pace quickened over three furlongs from home.

Long-time leader Tazeez was swallowed up by Virtual and Twice Over, Ryan Moore was hard at work on 6-4 favourite Tartan Bearer and Never On Sunday stayed on down the centre but the gaps just kept appearing for Peslier.

The winning margin was three-quarters of a length shorter than the French won by in 2007 with the Andre Fabre-trained Manduro, but the successful trainer would have been happy with a nose.

Olivier Peslier - Jockey

Olivier Peslier: typical French horse

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker

Libaud said: "Of all the winners I've had in the world this is the best one. I knew it was going to being to be difficult from last place but I could see the horse was going well and Olivier had told me the straight at Ascot is long, so I was quietly confident."

Peslier added: "The trainer told me before it was better if he came late and the race was perfect for me.

"I was just behind the lead. My horse is not lazy and I just took a bit of time. I needed a chance and he moved out well.

"He's a typical French horse. When you are one or two lengths behind it's not a big problem because he's got a good turn of foot. That was a big help for me."

Skybet, Victor Chandler and William Hill were also impressed and cut the three-time Group 1 winner to 10-1, from 14-1, for the Prix L'Arc de Triomphe.

Sir Michael Stoute said of the runner-up: "Heran well and I'm making no excuses for him. I think a better pace would have suited all of them."

Jean-Claude Rouget said of the third: "I was not surprised to see him run that well although perhaps he is a little bit tender(inexperienced) for this competition at Group 1level."

While Tom Queally, who stated before the contest that Twice Over would "run a hell of a race", said: "I was disappointed he didn't win but he ran a hell of a race. He quickened up to win but he maybe just got outstayed."

Vision d'Etat is the best performer by the former French-based Chichicastenango, who was sold to stand at Shadai Farm late last year.

The Grand Prixde Paris-winning son of Smadoun, who never stood for more than €4,000 in France, has been represented by four other stakes performers including Group 3 scorers Chinandega and Chichi Creasy.

Out of the winning jumper Uberaba, who is by Garde Royale, Vision d'Etat is a half-brother to  four winners. They include Milan Deux Mille, who ran 15th in the 2008 Grand National.




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