Broome wins his first Group 1 as he takes the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud

July 4, 2021

Broome claimed a first Group 1 success when taking the 1 mile 4 furlong Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in Paris, France, on Sunday.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt completed a Group 1 weekend double for the Ballydoyle handler, having won the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park, England, on Saturday.

Broome, a son of Australia, led from the stalls under Irish champion jockey Colin Keane, as he gave the Coolmore stallion a fourth success at the highest level. 

The other Irish representative in the race, the Joseph O’Brien-handled Baron Samedi, a winner of the $400,000 Grade 2 Belmont Gold Cup on his most recent outing, settled nicely behind his father Aidan’s runner.

As Broome put pressure on the rest of the field, Baron Samedi, soon came under pressure and began to lose ground on the leader.

The eventual runner-up Ebaiyra launched a late challenge, but Broome had enough in hand to hold out for a comfortable success. 

Broome was a one legth winner from Ebaiyra, with a nose back to Gold Trip in third, with race favourite In Swoop a length and a quarter further behind in fourth place.

Speaking to Sky Sports Racing after his win, Colin Keane said:

“It’s my first time being here, but it’s a lovely track and I had a nice, willing partner, so hopefully it’s the first of many here.”

Commenting on the winning colt, Keane stated:

“He’s a very uncomplicated horse, very genuine and stays well. Nothing was really going on, so I was happy to let my lad roll along, he pricked his ears and was taking me the whole way. He galloped right to the line and was very deserving of it to be fair.”

Colin Keane went on:

“He’s been very consistent this year, so it’s nice to get the Group One beside his name. He’s very uncomplicated, acts on most grounds and gets the trip well, so I’m sure they’ll have plenty of fun with him for the rest of the year.”

The five-year-old winner, in the colours of Masaaki Matsushima, was runner-up in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh last May and ran second to Wonderful Tonight in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot last month. 

Sunday’s victory was Broome’s sixth career stakes win and his fourth victory of the season. The Aidan O’Brien-conditioned colt finished fourth in the 2019 Investec Derby at Epsom, England.

Winning jockey Colin Keane, who predominantly rides for trainer Ger Lyons, has linked up with Cooolmore on a number of occasions this season. 

Today’s Saint-Cloud win was a first top-level success in France for the Irish rider, on his first ride at Saint-Cloud.

It was also a first win in the race for Aidan O’Brien who has already achieved a number of firsts in France this year, having prepared the winner of both the French 2000 Guineas and the French Derby (St Mark’s Basilica).

Broome, a possible Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe contender at ParisLongchamp in October, was purchased for 150,000 guineas as a yearling at Tattersalls by MV Magnier.

Broome is a brother to Royal Ascot Listed winner Point Lonsdale, also trained by O’Brien, for the Coolmore partnership.

Photo: Broome, (France Galop @francegalop)

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