In training

Trip to Paris(IRE)

Bay Gelding
DOB: 08 Feb 2011
Champs Elysees x La Grande Zoa (IRE) (Fantastic Light)
Owner: La Grange Partnership

Trip to Paris was purchased at the Tattersalls Breeze Up Sales and is the son of Champs Elysees from the further family of Ezzoud and Distant Relative.

After getting upset on his debut Sandown, where he disappointed, Trip to Paris was turned around quickly and made a winning reappearance at Lingfield seven days later under Ryan Moore. He recorded a good second at Newmarket on his final start as a two-year-old, finishing runner-up to subsequent Haydock Listed winner Chief Barker. 

Trip To Paris could not make an impact on his first two starts last summer, but he showed his true form when sixth in the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot, running on strongly to be beaten five and a quarter lengths by Elite Army. The runner-up there, Windshear, would finish fourth in the St Leger later in the season while the fifth, Arab Dawn, arrived at Ascot having completed a hat-trick. 

Trip To Paris then returned to Ascot in July to record his second career win, staying on powerfully to beat Our Gabrial having been reunited with Ryan Moore. While the rest of the season did not go to plan, he had valid excuses for each of his next three runs, with a steady early gallop catching him out on his final start at Yarmouth. 

Off a mark off 88, Trip To Paris made his seasonal reappearance in the Rosebery Handicap at Kempton in March, running a super fourth in what was a slowly-run race. He got shuffled back on the turn for home but ran on pleasingly. 

He showed the benefit of that run when winning at Lingfield on his second outing, landing a competitive 0-105 handicap under Andrea Atzeni, quickening to lead inside the furlong pole and holding on well thereafter. Raised 4lb and returned to the turf, Trip To Paris continued his progression at Ripon two weeks later, readily landing a hot staying handicap on his first start over 2m.

His burgeoning reputation as a stayer with untapped potential was handsomely cemented at Chester when, under a fine ride by Graham Lee, he came with a powerful late surge to land the Chester Cup in May, beating market principals Quick Jack and Zafayan. 

There was to be no magical four-timer at Sandown in May on his first foray into Pattern company, but by finishing runner-up in the Henry II Stakes, Paris confirmed his right to mix it with the best of the staying division, particularly as he suffered trouble in running. 

TTP not only cemented that notion but took it to a new level when landing a magical success in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. It was a wonderful achievement for the horse, his jockey Graham Lee, and his wonderful ownership syndicate. 

TTP headed to Goodwood for the Goodwood Cup next, where he was forced to shoulder a 4lb penalty for his Group 1 success. As always, he ran a gallant race, finishing third - beaten half a length - in a driving finish. He comes out best at the weights and the front three, all of whom are progressive, pulled clear of the excellent yardstick Pallasator in fourth. 

TTP made his final European start of the season at York, finishing fifth in the Lonsdale Cup on sticky ground that did not suit. 

Following such a remarkable summer, TTP was given a short break in early autumn before being prepared for an international campaign. He duly repaid the faith of the La Grange Partnership by finishing second in the Caulfield Cup and fourth in the Melbourne Cup where circumstances conspired against him. 

He made his final start of the calendar year in Japan, running down the field in the Japan Cup, and we will now return home having enjoyed a remarkable eight months since the opening day of the Flat season. 

Trip To Paris returned at Newbury in The Steventon Stakes run over ten furlongs. A slowly run race over an inadequate distance was never going to play to his strengths but he ran a fine race in third. He then headed to The Lonsdale Cup where we were hopeful of a big run but he was a disappointing fourth. We then ran him in The Irish Leger Group1 with blinkers and he travelled well in the early stages before fading to finish third. That run was well below his best form and so he was given a well deserved break. We hope he can rediscover his form when he returns to action in the Dubai Gold Cup in late March.

Link to form and entries  (courtesy of the Racing Post; opens in a new window)

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  • 9th February 2017