Issue 792

GODOLPHIN NEWS adiyat racing 8 ADIYAT RACING PLUS ISSUE 792 Thursday 6th April 2023 Recording the biggest win of his career on his seasonal debut, 4yo Tribalist was probably never headed in Saturday’s 1600m Group 3 Prix Edmond Blanc at Saint-Cloud, always seemingly holding multiple Group One winner The Revenant, winner of the same race 12 months earlier and in 2019. Last season’s Poule d'Essai des Poulains third was soon making the early running, or disputing it, before being sent a length clear by Mickael Barzalona. The Farhh colt continued to travel kindly in front and opened up daylight over his six rivals after kicking for home entering the final 400m. Staying prospect Bandinelli was described by his connections as ‘very honest’ after showing his appreciation for a synthetic surface with a second successive victory in the Queen’s Prize Handicap. Twelve months after coming home the winner of the prestigious two mile contest under Jack Mitchell (when the race clashed with the Dubai World Cup card), the 5yo Godolphin homebred Dubawi gelding repeated the trick under Champion Jockey William Buick to make his seasonal return a triumphant one. Forging clear entering the final furlong, the Charlie Appleby-trained contender kept on resolutely to defeat Duty Of Care, seeking a hat-trick, by almost two lengths. Assistant trainer, Alex Merriam said: “He was a couple of pounds higher than when winning the race last year but he has run another solid race there. William said they went a nice enough pace and he has probably just outstayed them. I think he seems to prefer the all-weather as that is where all his best form is and this race obviously suits him. The Northumberland Plate is a long way off but he ran well in it last year when sixth, and we could end up looking at that again further down the line.” The Revenant and Facteur Cheval attempted to make late challenges but neither could get to Andre Fabre’s runner, who was eased close home to prevail by a cosy length and a quarter. Mickael Barzalona said: “I had a low draw in stall one and saw no point in getting off the rail. Tonalist was in great shape for his comeback. He quickened well and won his race straightforwardly.” It was a third career success for Tribalist, all at Saint-Cloud, having previously won a 1600m maiden and a 1400m Listed contest, both last year as a 3yo. TRIBALIST ADDS GROUP 3 MILE WIN TO HIS RESUME BANDINELLI AGAIN LEADS QUEEN’S PRIZE