Clive Cox: secured a second Prix Robert Papin in five years
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Report: France, Sunday
Maisons-Laffitte: Prix Robert Papin (Group 2), 5f, 2yo
OWNERS Julie Deadman and Stephen Barrow and trainer Clive Cox enjoyed a second success in five years in this Group 2 sprint with Tis Marvellous an impressive scorer.
Connections landed the race in 2012 with Reckless Abandon, subsequent Prix Morny and Middle Park victor, and Tis Marvellous left a clear impression on racegoers with his authoritative display.
Paddy Power make the son of Harbour Watch, who in turn secured his first Stakes winner as a sire, 20-1 to land the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot next year.
Cox is eyeing a return to France for the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville in August – a race won by John Gosden’s Shalaa and John Quinn’s The Wow Signal the year before.
The winning trainer said: “That was marvellous – Tis Marvellous! It is really sweet to come back with Stephen and Julie after collecting the prize with Reckless Abandon.
“I think we may well target the Prix Morny. He is in the Gimcrack as well at York and we will decide. We will take a view and see where the nicest ground is. I am quite relaxed though because I think he is good enough to continue our progress forwards.”
How it panned out
Adam Kirby bagged the stands side rail aboard the Windsor maiden winner, who raced prominently throughout and breezed three lengths clear with a furlong to go.
Norfolk Stakes winner Prince Of Lir raced with plenty of zest early on and appeared to have every chance, though could not live with the winner’s impressive turn of foot, eventually fading into a well beaten fifth with Luke Morris reporting the ground was too quick for Robert Cowell’s juvenile.
Queen Mary second Al Johrah attempted to challenge Cox’s star two-year-old inside the final furlong but failed to really land a blow, finishing two-and-a-half lengths back in second.
Cox added: “He took a little while to come to hand and we missed Royal Ascot because of that but he is a proper horse who is going the right way and I am delighted.”
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