Wow Signal camp favour Lagardere for next start


The Wow Signal: 16-1 for next year’s 2,000 Guineas

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THE WOW SIGNAL, who gave trainer John Quinn his first top-flight Flat win when he landed Sunday’s Prix Morny at Deauville, is set to step up to 7f for his next start, which could come in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp on Arc weekend in October.

A nine-length winner on his debut at Ayr in May, The Wow Signal landed the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot before taking his unbeaten record to three with a battling success in the Morny.

He is 16-1 for next year’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas with Betfred and connections are keen on moving him up in trip.

The son of Starspangledbanner, who is owned by Al Shaqab Racing, is entered in the 7f Dubai Dewhurst Stakes and the furlong-further Racing Post Trophy, but a return to France is favoured.

Quinn’s son and assistant Sean, who bought the smart juvenile at Ascot in April, said on Monday: “He looked better the further he went and Dad was adamant after the Coventry he was a horse who wants further.

“He’s out of a High Chaparral mare and I see no reason why he won’t stay a mile. He’ll certainly step up in trip on his next start.

“Qatar sponsor the Arc weekend so it would be nice to get him there in tip-top form. That race might be favourite at the moment.”

Quinn, who was speaking to At The Races, added he was impressed with how The Wow Signal handled the testing conditions at Deauville in the Morny, but said the colt would not want extremes of ground.


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