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Lazzat remains perfect in French Listed

Sent off at prohibitive odds due to the impression he had made on two successful course-and-distance career starts so far this year, Lazzat fully justified the one-sided support with a facile first black-type win. Always travelling with ease granted a lead throughout the early stages, the homebred took over soon into the straight and was never out of a canter despite forging clear of struggling peers.

"We had walked the course with [jockey] Antonio [Orani] and decided we had to come wide on better ground," trainer Jerome Reynier explained. "He is a horse with a lot of natural speed and I am impatient to see him run on fast ground, which I think will be in his favour. He is a gelding and so we will have to watch the Classics on TV, but equally gelding him has changed him completely and made him what he is now, a manageable horse. If he handles a straight course, he could do well in the [G3] Prix Djebel, which will be his next race. It will tell us where to go with him in the future."

Lazzat is the first and so far only foal of a granddaughter of the G1 1000 Guineas heroine Sleepytime (Ire) (Royal Academy), which links him to fellow top-level scorer Taipan (Ire) (Last Tycoon {Ire}) and Sleepytime's full-brother Ali-Royal (Ire).

TDN 02/26


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