Prix de La Forêt
Group 1, Chantilly 17:15
€300,000 added,
3yo plus,
Class 1, 6f 211y  
Sunday 1st October 2017


1 Aclaim 16/5
2 So Beloved 32/1
3 Karar 83/10
10 ran Distances: ¾l, shd, hd
Time: 1m 25.75s (slow by 2.45s)

Aclaim provides Meade with the first Group One success

© Racehorse Photos

Having opened his account for the campaign in the Group Two Park Stakes at Doncaster a fortnight ago, Aclaim lined up at Chantilly with major claims.

He was caught in a pocket behind the front-running Karar with two furlongs to run, but found top gear once switched wide by Oisin Murphy and got up late in the day.

So Beloved, trained by David O'Meara, flashed home to fill the runner-up spot.

Aclaim's triumph meant, of the six Group One events on the afternoon, four went to British challengers and the other two were trained by Aidan O'Brien.

An emotional Meade said: "He's a tough little horse. He tries so hard that he reduces me to tears. He comes to his best form at this time of year. 

"Winning a Group One was something we had to do this year and now we've done it. 

"My immediate reaction is not to run him again this year. He's won a Group One and it's job done. 

"I'm not sure if he stays in training next year. 

"He's a real warrior."

Qatar Prix De La Foret (Group 1)
€300,000 added, 3yo plus, 7f, Class 1
10 ran
Going: Soft

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (1) Aclaim (IRE) 5/2f Oisin Murphy
M Meade 4
2nd (2) ¾ So Beloved 33/1 D Tudhope
D O'Meara 7
3rd (3) s.h Karar 9/2 P C Boudot
F H Graffard 5
4th (4) Dame Du Roi (IRE) 12/1 A Lemaitre
F Head 3
Also Ran: Zelzal (FR) , Brando , Toscanini (IRE) , Zalamea (IRE) , Attendu (FR) , Realtra (IRE)