Favored Prince Gibraltar made one last big run in the shadow of the wire, but it was not enough to catch huge longshot Gallante, who hung on gamely to win the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Fr-I) at Longchamp Racecourse on Sunday evening.
Teletext was third, while Free Port Lux was fourth. The Grey Gatsby, who was attemping to become the first horse to win both the French Derby and the Grand Prix de Paris since Peintre Celebre in 1997, made a run from the back of the pack but flattened out over the soft ground and finished sixth behind Marzocco.
Following The Grey Gatsby were Golden Guepard, Prince Nomad, Machucambo, Guardini, and Auvray.
The final time for twelve furlongs was 2:41.76, setting the mark for the slowest edition of the race by more than six seconds.
Trained by Andre Fabre, Gallante was a two-time winner in four previous starts, all of which have come at Longchamp. Pierre-Charles Boudot was the winning rider.
“My horse had a lot of energy when the race started in earnest but I didn't ask him for everything straight away,” said Boudot. “When he did pick up he really accelerated well and I was always happy I was holding off Prince Gibraltar. It's an emotional win because I made winning a Group 1 an objective and for it to happen today on a super horse for big owners is the culmination of a lot of work.”
Gallante is owned by the Coolmore partnership and was bred in Ireland by Lynch Bages Ltd & Camas Park Stud. He is a 3-year-old colt by Montjeu and out of Crazy Volume, by Machiavellian.
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