Horatio Nelson demonstrated tremendous heart in winning the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Fr-I) at Longchamp on Sunday. Kieren Fallon had the 2-year-old son of Danehill disputing the lead from the start of the race. The bay colt took a short lead after three furlongs, with Opera Cape soon rolling up alongside to challenge him.
The two colts fought neck and neck through the final furlong, with Opera Cape appearing to stick his head in front at one point. Horatio Nelson then found an extra gear and won going away. Fallon told the Racing Post
, "I knew I had something in hand. I knew if something came to me he would pick it up, and he did."
This win was the second of three straight group I victories on the day for Fallon. It was also the second group I tally of the day for Coolmore, who won the Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-I) with Rumplestiltskin.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien garnered his sixth victory in this group I event. He has won before with the likes of Oratorio and Rock of Gibraltar. Plans for Horatio Nelson are uncertain at this time.
O'Brien told the Racing Post
, "We haven't ruled out the Breeders' Cup. He's a staying horse, but he has also got plenty of speed."