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Hurricane Lane will need to improve to land an Arc - but he could be that good.


HURRICANE LANE joined Derby winner Adayar on an RPR of 123 after running away with the Grand Prix de Paris on Wednesday.

The son of Frankel scored by an impressive six lengths and earned the highest RPR we have seen in the race for the last ten years, putting him ahead of subsequent Group 1 winners like Mogul and Flintshire.

There was nothing new about the performance of runner-up Wordsworth, as he had been beaten seven lengths by Hurricane Lane in the Irish Derby 18 days previously.

The nuts and bolts of both races are similar but the key difference was that Lone Eagle slipped the field in the Irish Derby and Hurricane Lane had to make up a lot of relative ground. This diminished his overall winning margin relative to his inherent superiority.

In the Irish Derby, Hurricane Lane finished well to beat the rest of his rivals by just over seven lengths and on Wednesday he was given the chance to showcase his true talent, tracking the pace set by outsider The Mediterranean (110, faded into fourth) and unleashing his kick early in the straight.

The result was unequivocal. He was by far the best horse in the race, although his rivals were not necessarily Group 1 winners in waiting and he did enjoy a charmed run where it paid to be close to the pace.

Fellow British raider Alenquer (110+) stayed on from off the pace to snatch third on the line.

Hurricane Lane is clearly very talented and now we know he is capable of getting it done at Longchamp.

There is plenty to like and, while he will need to improve around 5lb to win a standard running of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October, there is every chance he is that good.

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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion, Columns
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUIR
Date:Jul 16, 2021
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