Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Arc Next for Derby Victor; Pour Moi Given Deserved Break before Longchamp

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Arc Next for Derby Victor; Pour Moi Given Deserved Break before Longchamp

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Byline: Tom Peacock

ANDRE Fabre now has his sights on an eighth Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe after Pour Moi finally ended his quest for an Investec Derby.

Many spectators at Epsom hoped it would be the Queen who would land that elusive victory in the most famous British Flat race, but 5-2 favourite Carlton House had to settle for third as he was cut down by Pour Moi.

Pour Moi (4-1) passed almost every horse in the field after Tattenham Corner under his 19-year-old jockey Mickael Barzalona, who stood up in jubilation before he had even crossed the line, just a head in front of Treasure Beach.

"Finally!" said Fabre. "This is one of the races everyone wants to win and now it's over. What surprised me is he had two accelerations - one to catch up and then he hit another gear. This was the sign of a champion.

"It is a race between horses, not between people, otherwise I would have finished far behind Her Majesty. At the moment the plan is to give him a summer break and then go for the Arc."

Being shuffled back and pushed wide at a crucial stage cost Carlton House a few lengths in what was described as "a messy race".

John Warren, the Queen's racing and bloodstock advisor, said: "Ryan (Moore) is disappointed, but said it was a messy race and the horse marginally missed the kick.

"He said a few horses, the long outsiders, came back on him and that didn't help him get into that smooth rhythm he wanted. As a consequence he had to make his run from further back than he wanted.

"He felt if the circumstances had been different so would the result. If he takes on the same horses again who knows the result might be different. We live to fight another day, but he's run a very good race. He ran his heart out."

His trainer Sir Michael Stoute is confident there will be better days for his colt, who lost a shoe inside the final furlong.

"He's run very well, but things just haven't gone right," said the Newmarket trainer. "He's still a high-class colt and he will have a big day."

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