Spanish Moon Eclipses Rivals at Saint-Cloud

Juddmonte Farms colorbearer wins group I for trainer Sir Michael Stoute.

He may be banned from racing in Britain, but Spanish Moon proved to be successful in France, charging to a 1 1/2-length win in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) June 28.

The Juddmonte Farms colorbearer is not permitted to run in England until November, after having refused to load into the gate for the Jockey Club Stakes (Eng-II) on May 2.

Making his first start since his nose loss in the Dubai Sheema Classic Sponsored by Nakheel (UAE-I), Spanish Moon took command under Ryan Moore with just over a furlong to run and won under a strong drive.

Alpine Rose, a full sister to champion Fragrant Mix, held on for second, 1 1/2 lengths in front of Youmzain, who captured this race last year.

Final time for the 12 furlongs was 2:27.40, over a course listed as soft.

Trainer Sir Michael Stoute, who won his third Grand Prix in the past six years, was quick to thank the French officials, telling the Racing Post, “I want to first thank the stewards, the handlers and the starter for being patient with the horse. They were magnificent.”

All options are open for the 5-year-old son of El Prado, including a trip to New York for the Man o’ War Stakes (gr. IT) and a possible try at the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) in October.

Spanish Moon was bred in Kentucky by his owner, Khalid Abdullah. He is out of Shining Bright, by Rainbow Quest.  He is a full brother to Ribblesdale Stakes (Eng-II) winner Spanish Sun.