King Charlemagne Earns Coolmore French Group I Win

Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier's King Charlemagne closed from the back of the pack to win the Prix Maurice de Gheest (Fr-I) by a neck on Sunday at Deauville. Ridden by Jamie Spencer, King Charlemagne completed the straight 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:19.3 on a soft course at the French track.

The win marks the fourth in succession for the 3-year-old Nureyev colt, with the lone blemish coming in his career debut last August, in which he finished second. Since then, the Aidan O'Brien trainee has visited the winners' circle after each race, including wins in three group III sprints. Out of Race the Wild Wind, by Sunny's Halo, Calogo Bloodstock and Bob Scarborough bred King Charlemagne in Kentucky.

Godolphin's Three Points finished second, two lengths ahead of Kier Park, with Mount Abu fourth in the nine-horse field.

The win was one of two group I victories on the day for O'Brien and the Coolmore group, whose talented 2-year-old Johannesburg romped in the Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) at Leopardstown.

As for plans for King Charlemagne, Tabor told Sporting Life, "That was the plan."