The ultra-consistent Suedois enjoyed a deserved day in the sun after claiming a first ever victory in Britain in the Weatherbys Racing Bank Supreme Stakes at Goodwood.
It is the best part of two years since David O’Meara’s charge last tasted success when securing the most notable of his eight career wins to date in the Grade One Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland in October, 2017. Six of his wins have come in France and the other was in the 2017 Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown.
He has run countless fine races in defeat since that latest triumph, most recently placing in the Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood for the second year in succession when a two-length third to Sir Dancealot.
Dropping down to Group Three level, the eight-year-old was a 5-1 shot in the hands of Danny Tudhope, and was travelling best of the 10 runners early in the home straight.
Just when it looked like he would win decisively, Oisin Murphy conjured a late run out of Momkin, but Suedois had enough in hand to hold him at bay by a neck.
O’Meara told PA: “I’m delighted for the horse. Danny gave him a very good ride and it look like he might win by a fair way at one stage.
“He’s run a lot of good races since he last won and earned a lot of prize-money, including finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
“I think he’ll probably go back to Ireland next for the Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown (September 14), which he also won a couple of years ago. He could go back to America for the Shadwell Mile again after that.”
David Menuisier has high hopes for Luigi Vampa following his victory in the Ladbrokes Where The Nation Plays Maiden Auction Stakes.
Seventh of nine on his debut at Newbury almost three weeks ago, the youngster was a 25-1 shot for his second outing, but displayed marked improvement to run out a a clear-cut winner under Jason Watson.
Menuisier said: “He’s a horse we’ve always liked and he has lovely size and scope.
“I was slightly disappointed with him at Newbury, but he was just a bit shell shocked and green and couldn’t do himself justice.
“He obviously learnt plenty from the experience as he was a lot more professional today and I’m delighted he’s shown his true colours.
“He is in the sales race at ParisLongchamp the day before the Arc, so that is definitely an option. I’d like to give him another race before then, so we’ll go home and see what we can find.”
The Hughie Morrison-trained Le Don De Vie got back on the winning trail in the Ladbrokes Handicap – the second leg of a double on the card for title-chasing Oisin Murphy.
Despite the absence of likely favourite Country, an interesting field of runners went to post for the £40,000 contest.
Saeed bin Suroor’s Great Example swept to the lead over a furlong out, but 2-1 market leader Le Don De Vie was in his slipstream and picked up in the closing stages to prevail by half a length.
Murphy initiated his brace aboard Andrew Balding’s 5-4 favourite Queen’s Soldier in the seller.