Fabrice Chappet is confident Hurricane Ivor will redeem his reputation on his next start after a combination of factors resulted in a below-par performance at Chantilly on Saturday.
The two-year-old son of Ivawood was sent off 4-5 favourite for the Group Three Prix du Bois on the back of a seven-and-a-half-length romp on his debut over the same five furlongs in May.
However, he was only seventh of eight behind American trainer Wesley Ward’s Maven after struggling in the heat that day, being kept in the stalls a long time and then being slowly away.
Chappet has lost none of his high regard for Hurricane Ivor and is planning to run him next in either the Group Two Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte or the Group Three Prix Cabourg at Deauville.
“He had to stay a bit longer in the starting gate because other horses wouldn’t go in, so he got a bad start and just had a hard race plus the heat it was really hot, 40 degrees,” said the Lamorlaye-based handler.
“It was nothing to worry about, the horse is fine and you will see him much more brilliantly next time, I’m sure.
“It was just a bad race, nothing worked out for him. I’m sure he’ll be OK next time.
“Next time could be the Prix Robert Papin or the Prix de Cabourg – one of the two. We are keeping our faith in the horse.”