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  • 15:10 Darley Prix Kergorlay 1m 6f 200y

  • (Group 2) €130,000 added 3yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner €74,374 2nd €28,132 3rd €13,975 4th €6,396
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:10:48

Joshua Tree lifts Kergorlay

Tree fells Kergorlay rivals

Last Updated: 19/08/12 4:03pm

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Joshua Tree: Won the Prix Kergorlay under Ryan Moore

Joshua Tree: Won the Prix Kergorlay under Ryan Moore

Joshua Tree completed a clean sweep of the Group races at Deauville for the British raiders when winning the Darley Prix Kergorlay.

Ryan Moore was content to cut out the early pace aboard the five year old, tracked all the way by the favourite Vadamar and Americain in third.

The order didn't change until the field approached the turn into the straight when the jockeys began to manoeuvre for position.

Stephane Pasquier was the first to strike for home aboard Flamingo Fantasy as the pair slipped up the inside of Joshua Tree with Moore prepared to bide his time.

Moore asked Joshua Tree - second to Opinion Poll in the Dubai World Cup in March - for his effort inside the final furlong and a half and was soon back on terms.

Vadamar and Americain couldn't go with him and the biggest threat came from Andre Fabre's Brigantin on the outside but Joshua Tree was always doing enough and he had to settle for second with Shahwardi third.

Brilliant Ride

His trainer Marco Botti said: "He did well. I thought Ryan gave him a brilliant ride. Ryan said he was always in control.

"Every time the others came to his girths, Ryan said the horse picked up again.

"We've always had the Canadian race, the Woodbine International, in mind, but I will speak to the owner.

"He may go to Australia, or we may follow the plan we had and go to Woodbine in October. He was second in the race last year.

"That race is over a mile and a half and Ryan said it would be no problem dropping him back to that trip.

"We will probably decide next week, but Canada is the more likely."

Joshua Tree's victory completed a marvellous weekend for Botti who was successful with Jakkalberry in the inaugural American St Leger at Arlington on Saturday night.

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