Qatar Prix de la Forêt (Gr.1), Space Blues shows his Formula 1 qualities in the Forêt

03/10/2021
PARISLONGCHAMP, SUNDAY OCTOBER 3 2021
QATAR PRIX DE LA FORÊT (GROUP 1)


The British raider Space Blues, representing the Godolphin stable, didn’t stand on ceremony in the Qatar Prix de la Forêt. As the five-year-old, trained by Charlie Appleby, simply floored his rivals in the final stages of this group 1 prize in what has been incredible weekend of racing at ParisLongchamp. He left Pearls Galore, trained in Ireland by Paddy Twomey but owned by the Haras Saint-Pair, the Norman stud of Andras Putsch, to collect second. The Japanese raider Entscheiden completed a very international podium in third!
 
What connections said
 
Charlie Appleby (the trainer of Space Blues, 1st)

« Space Blues is now a five-year-old and he has come of age. He was one of the class horses in the race. On this ground we were worried [about his ability to handle it, but he is by Dubawi and he had no trouble in getting through it. We are very happy to end the weekend with a winner. He travels very well so we could go to the Breeders' Cup Mile. The ground is a bit fast in the US but we could take our chance. »


William Buick (the jockey of Space Blues, 1st)

« He’s a machine. He's one of my favourite horses. He's generous, easy to ride and has a lot of class. With him, you just have to sit back and wait for him to deliver his finishing kick. The Breeders' Cup Mile is a two-turn race and he’s adaptable enough to do well there. »


Crispin de Moubray (racing advisor to the Haras de Saint Pair, the owner of Pearls Galore, 2nd)

« Pearls Galore put in a magnificent effort and the only one to beat her is a very good horse. She deserves to win a group 1 race one day. It’s up to Monsieur Putsch to decide whether she stays in training next year. It’s a great story as he placed his trust in Paddy Twonery, and the reward has been : two group wins and two group 1 seconds. Paddy Twomey is a great trainer. »


Ryusei Sakai (the jockey d'Entscheiden, 3rd)

« The horse gave his all. He loved the ground and had already run well on a soft track in Japan. At the first winning post, I believed that the race was there for the taking. He really proved courageous. »