Kinross and Dettori cruise to Foret success
Kinross and Frankie Dettori ran out easy victors of the Prix de la Foret at ParisLongchamp.
Fourth in the race 12 months ago, Ralph Beckett’s five-year-old arrived in the rudest of health, having won Group Twos at York and Doncaster on his last two starts.
Back up to the highest level, Dettori was trapped wide through the early stages but the veteran Italian knew what he had underneath him and was happy to take his medicine.
He tracked Fang into the closing stages before being sending Kinross to win the race and the gelding quickened up impressively. Malavath chased him home at a respectable distance but Kinross was in a different league.
The winner is now 4-1 from 6s with Paddy Power for the British Champions Sprint at Ascot.
Beckett said: “He’s bred for this ground, out of a Selkirk mare who loved it, and he came here in a really good place.
He'll probably go to the Breeders' Cup Mile now, we've always fancied that for him
“Apart from getting beaten in the Lennox, he’s done it all year. Unless Tenebrism saw out the trip on this ground, I felt he would be tough to beat and that is how it proved.
“It’s great for Marc (Chan, owner) – what a year he’s had, with different horses, not just one.
“He’ll probably go to the Breeders’ Cup Mile now, we’ve always fancied that for him. I’d fancy the Champions Sprint for him as well, but that hasn’t happened for us and we’ll probably go to Kentucky.
“Last year I think we got too far back, Frankie would agree but it doesn’t matter now because he came good today.”
Dettori said: “He came here in great form. Last year we had a bad draw and were too far back, this horse is two lengths better this year.
“His confidence was sky high today. Ralph has done a great job, we were confident of a big show and that is what he did.
“I kept it simple, sat mid-division and when I pressed the button, he hits a 100-yard flat spot but the turbo then kicks in and he puts the race to bed very quickly.
“He was by far my best chance of the day. I really liked Torquator Tasso in the Arc but when the draw came out it made it tough.
“He ran a super race but it would have been very difficult to beat Alpinista today, she looked incredible.”
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