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Look De Vega remains unbeaten in three seizing French Derby glory for Ronan Thomas and the Lerner's

The Chantilly Classic went to Look De Vega as he recreated his father Lope De Vega's impressive victory in the French Derby, fourteen years on, landing Ronan Thomas his first Group 1 victory

Look de Vega wins Qatar Prix du Jockey Club
Image: Look de Vega wins Qatar Prix du Jockey Club

Unbeaten in three Look De Vega notched the French Derby in style for Carlos and Yann Lerner and Ronan Thomas, leaving his perfect record intact at Chantilly in the feature.

Look De Vega maintained his flawless record to land the Qatar Prix du Jockey Club for Carlos and Yann Lerner.

One of the market leaders along with Aidan O'Brien's Diego Velazquez, the colt came into the race with two comfortable prior victories under his belt.

He broke well from the stalls and settled in behind the front runners under Ronan Thomas, keeping his powder dry until the home straight when others began to falter.

Then he picked up the lead, surging clear in the final two furlongs to cross the line comfortably ahead of First Look.

Sosie took third with the Clive Cox-trained Ghostwriter in fourth, while David Menuisier's Sunway and Diego Velazquez finished down the field.

It was an emotional victory for the team as Thomas landed his first French Group 1 victory while Carlos has had success in the race before back in 2001 with Anabaa Blue. However, this was his first success as a joint trainer with his son Yann.

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Look De Vega was cut from 33/1 into 8/1 for the the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Quotes from Yann Lerner

The only thing we were a little bit worried about is that he came out of stall number three and everything had to go right at that moment,” said Yann Lerner. “But when I saw him get into that good position, I have never watched a race as relaxed as I did this one. “When we won at Fontainebleau (in November) we immediately thought about this race, he had a more or less perfect winter until February, where we had a little bit of a setback, that was the only dark point in the past.

“What is really incredible is his mental state, we hadn’t worked him a lot since his first seasonal reappearance. “Between the two races he didn’t do much, we took him to the Chantilly track because it was very important to us that he could see the track.” Look De Vega was cut from 33-1 to 8-1 with Coral for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Lerner added of the prospect of running there: “At the moment we don’t have any plans whatsoever, this was the big plan and he confirmed today what we thought of him.

“We will go home and recover and see how he is after this race, however he does have an entry in the Arc and I think he can stay the mile and a half, absolutely no doubt. “The Arc can be a very tricky race and he can adapt to those conditions, he is a horse that ticks all the right boxes because he has shown today what he can do in the future.” Thomas, for whom the success was a first at Group One level in France, said: “Obviously I am very, very happy, but more than anything I was so confident in this horse because I have been working with him since the end of last year and I was really impressed. “He gave me a really good feeling, he won as we thought he would first time out and since then he’s made giant steps. “Of course I respected my opposition today but I was always very confident.”

Francisco's Piece lands Listed honours at Chantilly

Francisco's Piece claimed a Listed prize in Chantilly with success in the Prix la Fleche for Adrian Keatley.

The Mayson colt has run twice on home turf, winning a Pontefract maiden on debut and then losing out by just a short head in a novice at York the next time.

Moving up to Listed level when travelling over to France, the two-year-old was competing over five furlongs again and was the ride of James Doyle.

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Having started as the favourite, Francisco's Piece was always in contention on an inside line and took up the lead in the final furlong to stride to a two-and-a-half-length victory.

"It was a nice opportunity for him, I was glad when I saw the entries and declarations," the trainer told Sky Sports Racing.

"He's a good horse, it's a massive step forward for him and we were delighted to get that win under his belt.

"He's going to improve loads, this horse is still a little bit behind in his coat, he's still a bit underdeveloped so he's going to improve a lot.

"We could come back here for the Prix (Robert) Papin, I don't know if Ascot is on the agenda. Everybody wants to go to Ascot but I don't mind - this fella can stay at home if he wants!

"It's up in the air, we'll assess the horse come Tuesday, Wednesday, and see if he's lost weight and how he is and then we'll decide."

Francisco's Piece wins the Listed Prix la Fleche
Image: Francisco's Piece lands Listed success for Keatley

Amy Murphy's Itsatenfromlen made the perfect start to his career when the winner of the Prix d'Orgemont under Tom Marquand.

A Sergei Prokofiev colt making his debut, the chestnut ran a neat race to prevail by a neck on his first experience of a racecourse and the trainer is hopeful the run will lead to better things.

"I think he's very special, he's a very big boy and he's only going to improve for today," said Murphy.

"We haven't been hard on him to come here, he's done this through natural ability and I think he's pretty special.

"Today was very much the target, he's a very laid-back horse who will take anything you throw at him.

"Don't get me wrong, he's perfectly good enough to be going to Ascot - he's probably one of my best two-year-olds - but whether that's the route we'll take, we'll see."

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