Raise You secures French Derby spot with Fairway triumph

All-the-way triumph at Newmarket for progressive Balding colt

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Raise You took a step up in class in his stride to book his ticket to the French Derby with a convincing success in the Betway Fairway Stakes at Newmarket.

Having been a convincing winner of a maiden at Newbury on good to soft ground on his return, the Andrew Balding-trained colt had little problem in mastering his rivals in this Listed contest.

Racing prominently throughout on a much quicker surface, the son of Lope De Vega moved into a clear advantage that he was not to surrender half a mile out, before maintaining his gallop all the way to the line to defeat Eightsome Reel by three and three-quarter lengths.

The winner was introduced at 8-1 for the French Derby by Paddy Power, while Betway went 10-1 for the Chantilly feature.

Owner Jonathan Palmer-Brown said of his even-money winner: “I think a lot of people made a lot about the ground.

“What I would say is he has got big feet and on soft ground he clearly has an advantage over some of the others, but that is not to say he doesn’t go on good to firm ground. He runs perfectly well on this.

“We were concerned about making sure he got the trip, which he clearly does. He is from a Galileo mare and Lope De Vega won the French Derby, so it (10 furlongs) should have been OK.”

He added: “You have got to live for your dream. Our dream last year was to have a prep race at Newbury and have a Listed or Group race, then go to the French Derby.

“That was the plan from a long way out and particularly over there you can get softer ground.”

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