Royal Meeting strikes in Criterium International

Another Group One winner for Godolphin

  • Sunday 28 October
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Royal Meeting became trainer Saeed bin Suroor’s second Group One-winning two-year-old this month when landing the Criterium International at Chantilly.

Coming straight from a debut success at Yarmouth nearly six weeks ago, the Invincible Spirit colt took the big step up to the top level in his stride with a game display to strike for Godolphin in the hands of Christophe Soumillon.

Frankie Dettori was keen to take Kessaar to the front but John Gosden’s Mill Reef winner had nothing left at the business end.

Hermosa made a bold bid under Ryan Moore but the Aidan O’Brien-trained filly could not hold off Royal Meeting, who followed up his stablemate Royal Marine’s success in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere to get the verdict by three-quarters of a length.

Royal Meeting earned a quote of 25-1 for the Qipco 2000 Guineas with Paddy Power.

Saeed bin Suroor, on his way from Australia to Louisville, Kentucky for the Breeders’ Cup, told “Royal Meeting won really well.

“He is an improving horse and will now spend the winter in Dubai.

“It was a big step in class for him today, but he has shown he is a class horse.

“I have always liked him and been pleased with his work in the work in the mornings.

“We will be looking to go to the British Classics next year – the 2000 Guineas and Derby. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed will make the decisions.”

Royal Meeting strikes in Criterium International
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