A tilt at the Qipco Champion Stakes looms large for Horizon Dore after he continued his rise through the ranks with a runaway victory in the Prix du Prince d’Orange at ParisLongchamp.
Runner-up to the top-class Big Rock in the Prix de Guiche in May, Patrice Cottier’s charge had since won a Listed prize and the Group Two Prix Eugene Adam.
He had to carry a penalty for his most recent win stepping back into a Group Three, but nevertheless proved a different class to his rivals in the hands of Cristian Demuro, teeing him up for a possible outing on Arc weekend before travelling across the Channel for Qipco Champions Day at Ascot.
Pauline Chehboub, racing manager for her family’s Gousserie Racing operation, told Sky Sports Racing: “That (Champion Stakes) is the plan for him and has been since his win in the Eugene Adam.
“We are very pleased with him, he’s a Group One horse in the making and he has a bright future. We really love him.
“We are excited to have him and think about the Champion Stakes in October. I think he will maybe come back here for the Prix Dollar as there is now three weeks between the Dollar and the Champion Stakes, which is perfect for him.”
Exciting juvenile Beauvatier maintained his unbeaten record with a decisive success in the Prix la Rochette.
Yann Barberot’s colt bolted up on his racecourse debut at Chantilly in the spring and had since completed his hat-trick with further victories at Saint-Cloud and Deauville.
Stepping up to Group Three level for the first time, the son of Lope De Vega a short-priced favourite to bring up the four-timer and ultimately did so in fine style.
After being settled in midfield for much of the seven-furlong journey by Maxime Guyon, Beauvatier quickened to the lead entering the final furlong and was not fully extended to beat Evade comfortably.
The obvious next port of call for the winner is the Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, run over the same course and distance on the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe undercard on October 1.
“I’m so delighted, how lucky we are to have such a young prospect that is winning all the time. I hope it is just the beginning of a long story,” said winning owner Gitte Allaire.
“He (Guyon) was very satisfied, he said he could have done whatever he wanted him to do and I want to congratulate Yann Barberot and and the whole team.
“The horse is really cool and he did the job, but he can do so much more.
“It’s always a dream when you have a good horse and we are so happy and lucky.”
Hot favourite Skazino could finish only fifth as the Prix Gladiateur went to Lastotchka.
The La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte was the final Group race of the afternoon and saw Naranco prevail for Spanish connections.