Qatar Prix du Cadran (Gr.1), Trueshan is crowned in his country of birth


It was a horse trained in Britain but bred in France, at Saint-Pierre des Landes (the Mayenne region) by Didier Blot, who proved tops in the Qatar Prix du Cadran (Group 1): a race which is the pinnacle for long-distance horses. Trueshan is hardly an unknown quantity, having won the Group 1 Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup in July. Furthermore, he really comes into his element when the ground eases. So conditions were perfect for him on this Saturday card. Trueshan beat Stradivarius, a legend in his own right, who was ridden by Frankie Dettori. The latter boasts seven group 1 wins. The French filly Bubble Smart, tackling group 1 company for the first time, was a very creditable third.

Dan Horsford (the assistant of Alan King, the trainer of Trueshan 1st)

 « That’s magical! I am sure it’s horses like Trueshan which is the reason why his rider gets up in the morning. Today, we didn't really have any worries. The main question was the distance: for, as far as the ground is concerned, he adapts to all types of surfaces, even if has a real liking for soft ground. He has really thrived since his arrival in France. I suppose the Ascot Gold Cup will be a possible target for him next year. »

James Doyle (the jockey of Trueshan 1st)

« Stradivarius has been an outstanding advertisement for British racing. Although he has more chinks in his armour than he did previously, as we have seen in his last few races. I thought he was beatable and I was confident enough that we had his measure today. My horse loved the ground. He travelled very well during the race, and he quickened up really well. »

Bjorn Nielsen (the owner of Stradivarius 2nd)

« We were beaten by a better horse on a very soft track, which isn’t really his cup of tea. The horse didn't show the required turn of foot which he has done in the past... However, he remains a great horse and we love him to bits. »

Mikel Delzangles (the trainer of Bubble Smart 3rd)

« She ran a blinder and to a great mark. She’s as brave as they come. The filly has comparatively few miles on the clock, and she may perhaps stay in training next year. »