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FRANCE beckons for Mogul after an impressive win in the Group 3 John Pearce Racing Gordon Stakes over a mile and a half at Goodwood.
The Aidan O’Brien-trained son of Galileo raced in touch with the leaders before making progress two furlongs from the finish to lead inside the final half furlong and score by three quarters of a length for Ryan Moore.
The 2400m Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp on September 13 – in preference to the longer St Leger Stakes (Doncaster September 12) – appears to be the immediate target for Mogul who had finished sixth in the Investec Derby at his previous start.
Ryan Moore said: “I am very happy with what Mogul did. He is still a bit babyish. He is a horse that I have thought a lot of, and Aidan has always said that his third run was going to be his best run.
“He was tough today – these horses had good form – and I like to think that he would find a bit more improvement.
“I wouldn’t be sure about that [Mogul being a St Leger horse] but we are very happy with what he has done today. He has progressed with each run, so hopefully he can carry on that way.”
Paul Smith, son of Derrick Smith who owns Mogul in partnership with Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier, said: “We always thought Mogul would improve from the Derby.
“Aidan has been on record saying that he was one run short for the Derby so knew we had come out of it and come on from it.
“I think he might improve again. There is more to come and he is learning all the time. Ryan got him into a lovely rhythm, and he fought hard at the end there.
“It was very encouraging, and he is something to look forward to.
“He is a top-quality mile and a half horse. You could drop him back, but we are thinking of races like the Grand Prix de Paris [in September].
“Mogul gets that trip well. He is built like a sprinter, so he has speed in him too. He is very versatile.
“Mogul is a big, strong horse and it is sometimes difficult to get the weight off him as he is so big. He is very clear-winded and is a lovely horse. He sometimes just takes a while to come to hand.
“The Grand Prix de Paris is still the plan with Serpentine [Epsom Derby winner] so we’ll see how they all are in the next week and start to make a plan.
“I think Serpentine was a good winner of the Derby, I really do, and he wasn’t stopping at the end. He ran for fun out there and I think you are going to see a good horse the next time he runs.”
Mogul was cut to 20-1 from 40-1 for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with bookmaker Paddy Power after Goodwood. The same firm offer 16-1 for Serpentine for the Arc at Longchamp on Sunday October 4.
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