John Gosden's Western Hymn could only finish fourth behind impressive winner Gailo Chop
Last Updated: 15/08/14 3:41pm
Western Hymn could only finish fourth
John Gosden's Western Hymn could only finish fourth behind impressive winner Gailo Chop in the Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at Deauville.
It was only the second defeat of Western Hymn's career after he finished sixth in the Derby but he was an impressive winner last time of the Prix Eugene Adam and was expected to go close again.
However, he sweated up very badly and while he briefly threatened under William Buick, he was ultimately well beaten.
The winner had finished fourth in the Belmont Derby when last in action, just in front of Toast Of New York, and he was allowed to set a sedate early gallop under Julien Auge.
Already gelded, the three-year-old quickened clear entering the final furlong to win going away.
The highly-regarded Prince Gibraltar finished just in front of Western Hymn in third.
Gailo Chop is trained by Antoine de Watrigant , who said: "My reaction is that we should put him away until next year.
"But his French owner-breeder still has a percentage share in him so things are a little bit up in the air.
"It would be nice to bring him back in France as a four-year-old, for races such as the Ganay, and then export him to Australia in September next year."
Gosden said of his charge, "It's pretty terrible ground and he didn't like it at all."