Master shines at Chantilly
Last Updated: 30/06/14 5:59pm
Master Carpenter pictured finishing behind Kingman and Night Of Thunder in the Guineas
Rod Millman's Master Carpenter continued on the upgrade as he ran out a ready winner of the Group Three Prix Daphnis at Chantilly.
Third in the Greenham at Newbury behind subsequent 2000 Guineas winners Kingman and Night Of Thunder, he was a Listed winner at Sandown last month.
Millman went to the trouble of booking Christophe Soumillon and he was in the perfect place throughout, quickening up smartly before entering the final furlong.
He put a respectable distance between himself and his pursuers and while the pack closed, Soumillon was able to ease down close home and still beat Calling Out by half a length.
"This is quite a big thing for us," said Millman.
"We thought a lot of him last year but in hindsight he got jarred up at Newmarket (July Stakes) and we never really
got him back.
"He had a nice winter off, though, and his owner has been patient and we're now reaping the rewards.
"Cheveley Park bought into him last year and the plan was always to win a Listed and then a Group Three and now we'll be looking for a Group Two somewhere.
"Some trainers might be able to reel off all the options for a horse like him, but I'll have to go home and look them up!
"I'd love to make him a stallion, but he'll have to win a few more first.
"He's versatile, people pigeon-hole horses too soon for my liking. I think he's got the pace for seven furlongs on soft ground and while he didn't quite stay 10 furlongs at Newmarket, he got nine well today.
"Christophe said he idled a bit once he'd hit the front but he was always in the perfect position.
"I'm so pleased for the team at home, we're only small but you're only as good as the people behind you and this is for them."
Goken was an impressive winner of the Prix du Bois with British raider Jane's Memory second.
Trained by Rae Guest, Jane's Memory won a Leicester maiden first time out and was narrowly touched off in a Listed race at this track on her last start.
Up in class for the Group Thee, the Captain Rio filly beat several well-touted rivals but the Henri-Alex Pantall-trained winner looked a cut above his rivals.
Sent into the lead early by Fabrice Veron, he showed a smart turn of foot over a furlong and a half out and shot three lengths clear.
Jane's Memory broke out of the pack to give chase and while she closed the gap, there was still over a length between them at the line.
Richard Hannon's Spirit Of Xion was well beaten while Frankie Dettori's mount Super Ale also failed to get involved.
Roger Charlton's Be My Gal was a slightly unlucky third in the Prix Chloe behind German raider Wunder.
James Doyle went for a gap between the winner and runner-up Delivery but the door was closed in his face.
After taking a pull and attempting to come around their outside the filly had too much ground to make up but still secured some valuable black type.
The winner, trained by Markus Klug, was maintaining her unbeaten record.