Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud report as Broome strikes

Broome made it a stellar weekend for trainer Aidan O’Brien after making all to win the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on Sunday.

O’Brien’s three-year-old ace St Mark’s Basilica won Saturday’s Coral-Eclipse in great style at Sandown, and the consistent Broome got back to winning ways with a never-say-die victory.

Sent straight to the front by Colin Keane, the Tattersalls Gold Cup and Hardwicke Stakes runner-up kept pouring it on in the valuable mile and a half contest, eventually seeing off Ebaiyra and Gold Trip who filled the places.

The disappointment of the race was 2020 Arc second In Swoop, whose brief challenge in the straight flattened out, while Baron Samedi – trained by O’Brien’s son, Joseph – was second for the much of the journey but weakened close home to be fifth.

It was a first Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud success for O’Brien senior and another notable triumph for Ireland’s champion jockey Keane who has enjoyed five winners from 15 mounts for the master of Ballydoyle in his homeland this calendar year.

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Paddy Power reacted by cutting Broome to 10/1 from 14s for the King George later this month, while Betfair went 25/1 (from 50/1) about Broome for the Arc, with Ebaiyra 7/1 from 10/1 for the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood’s Qatar Festival.

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