Call The Wind impresses for Peslier

Head-trained stayer stamps class on staying contest.

  • Saturday 29 February
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Call The Wind was a hugely impressive of winner of the Longines Turf Handicap for in Riyadh for France.

Trained by Freddy Head, the six-year-old was without a victory to his name since landing the Prix du Cadran in October 2018, but he certainly was not winning out of turn.

Ridden by weighing-room veteran Olivier Peslier, he could be spotted from a long way out, picking his rivals off one by one.

Several of the British-trained challengers looked a threat entering the final two furlongs, with Cross Counter, Prince Of Arran and the eventual second Mekong all on the premises.

There was only one horse in it from a win perspective, though, as Call The Wind sprinted away to record a valuable success.

Mekong justified Jamie Osborne’s faith in him and almost repaid his purchase price in one go, while Prince Of Arran yet again did Charlie Fellowes proud back in third.

Head said: “Call The Wind showed how good he is there. He was able to quicken on that ground, which I wasn’t sure about. We had a lovely run, but I know that horse is not an easy horse to ride as he goes in snatches in the race.

“He goes well, then he has nothing and he can be a bit of a lazy sort, but Olivier gave him a great, great ride. He stays and has a lot of stamina, so Oliver chose to stay on the rail and do his race like that.

“It’s funny because this horse is six now, but I think he has improved. In his mind he is a much better and nicer horse to train. He was very difficult to train early on and wouldn’t go into the stalls and that was why he didn’t run much at three.

“I think he’s still improving.”

Peslier added: “I’m very happy with the horse. He’s a Group One horse and you need a Group One horse to come to this race in Saudi Arabia, and if you are not Group One you cannot win.”

Call The Wind impresses for Peslier
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