IMPROVING 3yo Munitions gained a first Pattern victory with a nose success in the 1400m Group 3 Prix Djebel at Maisons-Laffitte recently. The 3yo, making his seasonal return for Andre Fabre, raced in second in a group of four runners down the stands rail under Mickael Barzalona as the seven runners split into two groups early on. Munitions ran on to take the overall lead entering the final furlong but was strongly challenged in the closing stages by Graignes, with the Godolphin runner prevailing on the line as the first two finished clear of Amilcar in third. Lisa-Jane Graffard of Godolphin said: “We were delighted with the victory of Munitions who is now unbeaten in three starts at Maisons-Laffitte.
“Andre Fabre said last year that Munitions wouldn’t look out of place in a 2yo race at Royal Ascot. “He didn’t quite show that precocity and can be a little workmanlike in his wins, but he stands up to training and racing well so hopefully he is now ready to take another step up in class. “Andre Fabre will wait and see some of the other Classic trials this weekend before deciding where to go next with Munitions, although there would be a question mark about him stepping up to a mile.”