Waldgeist rules at Longchamp

WALDGEIST (GB) on Sunday claimed a third victory at the highest level with a barnstorming display in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp.

Andre Fabre’s five-year-old son of GALILEO surged clear inside the final furlong of the extended mile-and-a-quarter Group 1 and ended up finishing with four and a half lengths in hand over Study Of Man.

Waldgeist’s previous Group 1 triumphs came in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud last July and the Criterium de Saint-Cloud in October 2016.

He was bred at Newsells Park Stud, in Hertfordshire, in association with Gestut Ammerland and Coolmore under the Waldlerche Partnership.

Waldgeist is the first foal and leading performer produced by WALDLERCHE (GB), a Group 3-winning daughter of MONSUN who was also bred at Newsells Park and is a half-sister to 2011 St Leger hero MASKED MARVEL (GB) and 2011 German Derby victor WALDPARK.

Fabre’s inmate is also closely related to WALDLIED (GB), a Group 2 scorer last year, and is a half-brother to WALDSTERN (GB), a three-year-old son of SEA THE STARS who won on his debut at Newmarket last August and holds an entry in the Derby at Epsom.

Trainer Andre Fabre told Press Association Sport:

“I am very happy. I think he is a stronger horse this year.

“It was good to see him do it over a mile and a quarter, but you must remember he was beaten a nose in the Prix du Jockey Club a couple of years ago and was very unlucky.

“We could go for the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. I’ve put him in the Coronation Cup (at Epsom), but I’m not sure about that.

“The King George (at Ascot) could be a good option for him.”