Declaration Of War’s Olmedo Bags French 2,000 Guineas Amid Controversy

A controversial Sunday of racing at Longchamp saw the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Olmedo capture the Group 1 French 2,000 Guineas under Cristian Demuro, reports The 3-year-old son from the first crop of Ashford Stud’s Declaration Of War (War Front) came from well off the pace to nose out a pair of rivals at the finish, earning his first top-level victory.

“I think he’s got a bit more pace than Brametot because I used to lose 20 kilos every time I rode him,” said Demuro. “He has a good turn of foot and then he can accelerate again to run the others down.”

The day’s controversy came about as a result of a late course-change for the final classic on the card, the French 1,000 Guineas, from the Moyenne Piste (middle track) to the Grande Piste (outer track). That change was initiated after a number of jockeys listed safety concerns over the center course, especially considering the slip of frontrunner U S Navy Flag during the 2,000 Guineas, but the short run from the start to the first turn on the outer track was a severe disadvantage to those horses drawn to the far outside.

“The track is dangerous,” insisted jockey Christophe Soumillon. “I have done everything, ridden over jumps at Auteuil, but nobody is listening to us. It’s scandalous.”

Stewards did make the change for the 1,000 Guineas, and Teppal came home in front of the quickly-closing pair of Coeur De Beaute and Wind Chimes, each of which had drawn wide.


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