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Jukebox Jury runs away with Kergorlay

British Raider Jukebox Jury (Mark Johston/Neil Callan) stormed to a comfortable all-the-way success in the Group 2 Darley Prix Kergorlay on Sunday and could be bound for the Irish St Leger next.

Callan maintained a decent pace at the head of affairs on the Johnston-trained runner before extending his advantage in the home straight to score by three lengths. Kasbah Bliss was second and Manighar came out on top in the photo-finish with Brigantin for third.

Fellow raider Red Cadeaux, from the Ed Dunlop yard, went with Jukebox Jury in the early stages and German contender Tres Rock Danon and the eventual runner-up were also prominent.

The more fancied runners were to be found towards the rear of the field and that is just where they stayed, with favourite Americain beating just three home in tenth.

Johnston, who was at Deauville, said: "Theplan was to make the pace, he set a strong one and kicked off the bend. He loves it here, I think he enjoys the French premiums. The plan is the Irish St Leger and the Canadian International."

Callan: "I've got a lot to thank Mark for. The horse is very adaptable and I just let him bowl along in front, he enjoyed it when I let him do it when he won first-time-out this season."

Last year's winner and Melbourne Cup hero Americain, who is as short as 16-1 second favourite to defend his crown in 'the race that stops a nation', never got into the race after stumbling when he left the stalls.

Trainer AlainRoyer-Dupre said: "The ground was too fast for him and he nearly fell on his knees coming out of the stalls and had no action afterwards.

"He couldn't relax and they quickened brutally in the straight. You mustn't write him off as he was unfavoured by the race from start to finish and he will now go into quarantine."

Manighar is also Australia-bound, with trainer Luca Cumani saying: "It was a good run, it was set up for the winner and his target will be the Melbourne Cup."

 

 

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