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27 Sep 2018
Issue Number: Issue 648
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Chilean too hot to handle & Soumillon Pilots another winner


New chapters collided at Longchamp last month when Chilean was saddled by Martyn Meade to win at the newly renovated Longchamp. For Meade, it was a first runner since his recent move to the historic Manton training estate and he was on hand to see Chilean and Oisin Murphy land the 1800m Group 3 Prix la Force, the first feature race at the new Longchamp, or ParisLongchamp as it is now labelled after a €140 million redevelopment. Based in Newmarket over the winter, Chilean moved to Manton along with the rest of Meade’s string recently and was the trainer’s first runner from the Wiltshire stable.

“It’s a nice statistic!” Meade said of the 100% strike rate since the relocation. “On pedigree he should get further, which would be exciting and we now have options.” On the same card, Air Pilot followed up his recent Group Three victory at Saint-Cloud by giving consecutive big race wins when landing the 2000m Group 2 Prix d’Harcourt under Christophe Soumillon, eight days after his Dubai World Cup card double. Soumillon has now ridden the 9yo on three occasions and boasts a 100% record on the Zamindar gelding, trained by Ralph Beckett and homebred by Lady Cobham who said: “Air Pilot loves France and I do too!

“He’s still young at nine because he had an injury at three, when he was trained here in France by Rupert Pritchard-Gordon. He stood in my paddock for two years waiting for his legs to get better and then went into training with Ralph Beckett at five. He’s had very little racing really.”

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