Guineas disappointment Royal Marine set for French Derby mission

Saeed bin Suroor eyeing Chantilly date

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Saeed bin Suroor is hoping Royal Marine can show his true colours in the French Derby (Prix du Jockey Club) after disappointing in the Qipco 2000 Guineas.

The Godolphin trainer had been confident of a big run from his Group One-winning juvenile in the colts’ Classic at Newmarket, but he trailed in 13th behind Magna Grecia.

“He didn’t run his race,” said Bin Suroor, whose charge accounted for leading Investec Derby contender Broome in last season’s Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at ParisLongchamp.

“Christophe (Soumillon) said after four furlongs he knew he wasn’t there. After the race he had no problems, nothing at all has shown.

“I’ve checked everything on him, there’s nothing that has shown up, he wasn’t blowing.

“I think we’ll take him to the French Derby, that race might suit him.

“I thought he’d run a big race in the Guineas, I was really disappointed. He’s fine now, fresh and happy.”

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