CHANTILLY – SUNDAY 5 JULY
BRITISH RAIDER MISHRIFF WINS THE PRIX DU JOCKEY CLUB

06/07/2020
The British-trained and bred colt Mishriff landed the Prix du Jockey Club 2020 run at Chantilly on Sunday. He was ridden by Ioritz Mendizabal, who hails from the Basque region of France, and who won this race in 2008 with Vision d’Etat. Throughout the race Mishriff stayed up near the pace. Caught slightly flat-footed when his rivals kicked for home, Prince Faisal’s homebred colt quickly found his stride and flew home to overtake the leader, The Summit, who came here off a second place on the Emirates Poule d’Essai des Poulains last time out. The hot favourite in the race, Victor Ludorum, found himself at the back of the field throughout the race. He made up an incredible amount of ground in the straight to come and challenge the leaders, finishing an honorable third. Dawn Intello was the surprise of the race, defying his outsider status to finish fourth.
Mishriff carries the colours of Prince Faisal of Saudi Arabia, who bred the colt at his British base of Nawara Stud. These colours were previously carried to Classic Glory by Make Believe, the sire of Mishriff, in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains in 2015 under Olivier Peslier. Other great horses to run in the colours of Prince Faisal, are Rafha, winner of the Prix de Diane in 1990, and the great sprinter Invincible Spirit, now a leading sire.
This was a first Jockey Club success for trainer John Gosden (who also trains Enable). Mishriff came into the race off a success in a Listed at Newmarket, having begun his year with a trip to Riyad to take part in the inaugural meeting of the Saudi Cup, the richest race in the world with prizemoney of 20 million dollars. He finished second in the Saudi Derby on the dirt, behind the Japanese runner Full Flat.
 
 
FINISHING POSITIONS
1er       MISHRIFF        I. Mendizabal
            (Make Believe & Contradict, by Raven’s Pass)
            Owner: Prince A. Faisal
            Breeder: Nawara Stud Co. Ltd
            Trainer: J. Gosden
2e        THE SUMMIT  V. Cheminaud
            (Wootton Bassett & Acola, par Acetenango)
            Owner: M. Chan & Mme L. Li
            Breeder: SARL Jedburgh Stud
            Trainer: H.-A. Pantall
3e        VICTOR LUDORUM     M. Barzalona
            (Shamardal & Antiquities, par Kaldounévées)
            Owner: Godolphin SNC
            Breeder: Godolphin
            Trainer: A. Fabre
Distances : 1 L 3/4 - NECK. - 1
Time : 2’04’’01
Going: good-soft (3.3)
 
The Professional Reactions
 
Ioritz Mendizabal (jockey of Mishriff, 1st)
“I was very flattered to be asked to ride by John Gosden, who is one of the best trainers in the world. He was reasonably confident before the race. He just told me not to interrupt the colt’s action. There was a good pace, which suited him. He picked up the bit by the Chateau for around fifty meters, but then relaxed again. He showed a really strong acceleration in the finish. Simply put, he is a very good horse ! He has stamina, so an attempt in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe could be a good idea. I am thinking of my parents in this moment. It’s fantastic to win this race!”
 
Henri-Alex Pantall (trainer of The Summit, 2nd)
“He’s proved that he stays. He was very tough in the finish and was beaten by a top-class horse. He’s an easy colt to ride and was very relaxed during the race. There are no excuses.  We will talk to his owners about where to go next.”
 
Andreas Schutz (trainer of Dawn Intello, 4th)
“At about the halfway point there wasn’t enough pace and he was a bit keen. Once in the straight, he took some time to get a gap. I’m delighted with his run: he’s a lovely colt and I was sure that he had the ability to run at this level. I have had the race in mind for him for a while, I am delighted that his owner was prepared to run him. I will see how he comes out of the race, but he will probably have a break. He has run very close together, at Deauville then here at Chantilly where he was lucky not to get injured.”
 
Jean-Bernard Roth, assistant to Jean-Claude Rouget (trainer of Port Guillaume 5th, and Fantastic Spirit, 8th)
Port Guillaume gave an excellent performance against a top-class field. He’s an immature colt, who has never run in such tough company or in such a large field. He struggled to hold his place in the race and was still very far back coming into the straight. He finished really well to get near the leaders. He stays the trip, which is a good sign for the Autumn when he should be really competitive. The same goes for Fantastic Spirit, who lost nothing in the race.”