Golan Impressive in Prix Niel Victory

Lord Weinstock's Sagitta Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) winner Golan earned his first victory since that early May race, winning the Prix Niel Casino Barriere d'Enghien les Bains (Fr-II) on Sunday at Longchamp. Under Kieren Fallon, the 3-year-old son of Spectrum completed the 1 1/2 miles in 2:27 on good turf, over three seconds faster than older horses ran the same distance in the Prix Foy later on the card.

"He handled the course very well and enjoyed going around," Fallon told the French Racing and Breeding Committee. "We had a perfect trip, not like at the Curragh and he quickened nicely. He is a true Arc horse and all we have to hope now is to have a good draw on the big day."

French Derby (Fr-I) winner Anabaa Blue set the pace, then raced on one-paced when Golan was sent to the lead with 1 1/2 furlongs to run. Anabaa Blue held second over French Derby runner-up Chichicastenango. Walking Around came home fourth of seven.

Following his Guineas win, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Golan finished second to Galileo in the Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) and third in Galileo's Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I). Ballymacoll Stud Farm Ltd. bred the colt in Ireland.