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Sumbe's Ramadan enhances Classic claim

It is a particular characteristic of this key trials day at Longchamp for the first two French Classics that it is not just the winning connections who tend to smile after the event. 

The Prix de Fontainebleau was a case in point, with the Christopher Head-trained Ramadan picking up well under Aurelien Lemaitre to repel the challenge of Beauvatier, whose trainer Yann Barberot was happy with the performance despite the defeat.

The son of Le Havre won a three-runner Listed race on very heavy ground at Saint-Cloud three weeks ago, while the runner-up was making his first appearance since finishing third to Rosallion in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere last October. 

Paddy Power cut Ramadan to 5-1 (from 12) for next month's Emirates Poule d'Essai des Poulains, and he is now third best behind the Ballydoyle pair Henry Longfellow and Unquestionable. The same firm eased Beauvatier a couple of points to 6-1. 

Head said: "The other day the ground was so extreme we were left with only three runners and it told us virtually nothing. It was like a training gallop. But while I might not have learned much, it’s always good for the horse to get a run under his belt and that undoubtedly helped today."

Ramadan continued the good recent run of owner Nurlan Bizakov's three-year-olds, following Lazzat's win in the Prix Djebel. The sky blue and yellow silks will again be seen when the Andre Fabre-trained Narkez runs in the Feilden Stakes at Newmarket on Wednesday. 

Ramadan finished a close fourth behind Los Angeles in the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud over ten furlongs last October and has seemingly added an extra string to his bow in proving so effective back down to a mile.

"He certainly handles the mile well and so we’ll head to the Poule [d'Essai des Poulains] with him, but he’s got a [Prix du] Jockey Club entry and we know that's a real stallion-making race, so it would be a shame to miss out on the chance," said Head.

Racing Post 24/04/14


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