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Maxime Guyon rides Lope de Vega to French Derby win

French trainer Andre Fabre
It is the second time trainer Andre Fabre has enjoyed Derby success

Lope de Vega, ridden by Maxime Guyon, romped home in the French Derby at Chantilly on Sunday to follow up his victory in the French 2000 Guineas.

The 10-1 shot beat hotly tipped Planteur and Pain Perdu to give trainer Andre Fabre a second win in the race.

However, Ice Blue was unable to give jockey Ryan Moore a hat-trick of classic wins after his weekend triumphs in the Oaks and Derby at Epsom.

Frankie Dettori pushed Pain Perdu throughout but had to settle for third.

The Italian star, also third in the Derby at Epsom on Saturday, was delighted with his mount's performance.


"We thought if we were in the first four it would be an achievement as it looked a very hot race, and we have managed to finish third which is great," Dettori said.

"It is a race that has been very lucky for me in the past, but this is fantastic. The winner was faster than us all and just kept going.

"I thought they would drop him in, but that was a fantastic performance as he kicked and the race was over. The best horse has won on the day."

Behkabad, under last year's winning jockey Christophe Lemaire, was fourth and the Aidan O'Brien-trained Viscount Nelson was fifth at 86-1.

O'Brien's other runner and hot-favourite Cape Blanco produced a disappointing run having started in the race in lively fashion, but dropped away in the straight under Johnny Murtagh to leave the 40-year-old trainer still without a winner in the race.

Moore, bidding to follow up his Epsom triumph on Workforce and Coronation win on Snow Fairy, rarely threatened on Ice Blue.

Derby winning jockey Ryan Moore

Derby win 'special' for jockey Moore

The 26-year-old prepared for Sunday's race by saying: "I didn't do much last night as it had been a long day, but it was a good day and despite what I read there were no tears.

"It is just great to have won the race as it is the race I most wanted to win and I am lucky to have it out of the way."

Fabre, whose only previous winner in the race came with Peintre Celebre in 1997, said that it was unlikely Lope de Vega would be seen outside France this season and could well revert back to a mile.

"I had a doubt about him staying so there was a question mark there," said the 64-year-old lawyer turned trainer.

"He is an excitable kind of horse, so I don't want to travel him too far. Horses are bred for a certain distance, and they get wiser as they get older, as humans do.

"So they don't acquire stamina, the distance is in their genes."

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Workforce powers to Derby victory
05 Jun 10 |  Horse Racing
Snow Fairy storms to Oaks victory
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