Wootton Bassett’s American Flag Dominates The Fontainebleau

With Ballydoyle’s Victoria Road (Ire) (Saxon Warrior {Jpn}) and Juddmonte’s Halfway Line (GB) (Zoffany {Ire}) missing from the line-up for Sunday’s G3 Prix de Fontainebleau, Malcolm Parrish’s American Flag (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}–Tres Americanqueen {Fr}, by American Post {GB}) occupied pole position for ParisLongchamp’s time-honoured course-and-distance trial for the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains and he did not disappoint with another sharp display. Gaining a following with a six-length win over a mile at Saint-Cloud in November and a smooth three-length success in the Listed Prix Omnium II over the same track and trip Mar. 18, the Yann Barberot-trained relative of the G2 Grand Prix de Deauville winner Tres Blue (Ire) (Anabaa Blue {GB}) was held up at the tail of the five-runner field early by Christophe Soumillon. Unleashed out wide to take command a furlong from home, the bay was soon clear and could again coast to the line for a comfortable 2 1/2-length verdict over Marhaba Ya Sanafi (Ire) (Muhaarar {GB}) as Rajapour (Ire) (Almanzor {Fr}) surrendered his unbeaten record a short neck away in third.

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