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VIDEO: A'Ali adds Prix Robert Papin to Ascot gains
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VIDEO: A'Ali adds Prix Robert Papin to Ascot gains
on 21 July 2019
The son of Society Rock is now a dual Group 2 winning juvenile. Earlier on the card, the Kingman filly Twist 'N' Shake won a listed contest. Frankie Dettori rode both

ROYAL Ascot hero A’Ali followed up with a cosy success in the Group 2 Darley Prix Robert Papin at Deauville.

Runner-up on his debut at Ripon in early June, Simon Crisford’s juvenile went one better in the Norfolk Stakes – initiating a memorable four-timer on the day for jockey Frankie Dettori.

Stepping up half a furlong in distance, the son of Society Rock was a prohibitively priced 4/6 favourite for his latest pattern assignment, and odds-on backers were made to sweat.

Dettori positioned the market leader in midfield for much of the way as My Love’s Passion blazed a trail in front. The red-hot jockey had to get to work with over a furlong still to run, but A’Ali responded generously to pick up the leader, and he was ultimately well on top at the line.

Crisford told Sky Sports Racing: “He’s shown an impressive turn of foot there, so we might come back for the Prix Morny – that is obviously under strong consideration.

“He’s a straightforward, very easy colt to deal with. He’s very willing and has a good turn of foot, so luckily he’s got all the attributes to be a very good racehorse.”

Paddy Power make A’Ali an 8/1 shot for the Coolmore Nunthorpe at York on August 23rd, but he appears more likely to stick to his own age group, and step up to six furlongs, in either the Prix Morny back at Deauville or the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.

“I think a hard-run five furlongs is a really good trip for him, and he’s in the Nunthorpe, (but) I’m not sure we want to be running against Battaash at this stage of his career,” Crisford added.

“You’ve (also) got the Phoenix Stakes in Ireland and the Prix Morny, so he’ll come back for one of these Group 1 races.”

A’Ali was a second winner on the card for Dettori, with the popular Italian having earlier struck gold on John Gosden’s Twist ‘N’ Shake who made the most of having her sights lowered with a dominant victory in the Listed Prix de Bagatelle.

A creditable fourth in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, the daughter of Kingman had less on her plate in this one-mile event.

The 2/5 favourite raced on the speed throughout and quickly put distance between herself and her rivals once popped the question by Dettori, with Fount best of the rest in second.

Mark Weinfeld, managing partner of owners Helena Springfield Ltd, said: “That was absolutely superb – we’re delighted. It’s really nice to get proper blacktype with her.

“She’s a nice little filly, she is small. I believe there is a Group 3 back here for her in August, so that might be a target, but we’ll see how she comes out of this race first of all.”

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