Soumillon retains the ride on board Perfect Power ahead of Juddmonte

Christophe Soumillon retains the ride on board Perfect Power ahead of Juddmonte as trainer Richard Fahey claims the Prix Morny winner is his best two-year-old since Wootton Bassett

  • Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon will keep partnership with Perfect Power 
  • The two-year-old heads into Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket  
  • Having won at Prix Morny, trainer Richard Fahey has high hopes for the horse

Ace Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon has retained the ride on his Prix Morny winner Perfect Power as the colt, trained by Richard Fahey, attempts to advance his claims to be Europe’s top two-year-old in Saturday’s Group One Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

The winner of the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot was unlucky in running when fifth in the Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and again had to overcome an interrupted run when finishing strongly under Soumillon to win the Morny by a length and a quarter from Trident at Deauville.

The only two-year-old trained in Europe who is currently rated higher than Perfect Power is Charlie Appleby’s Native Trail, decisive winner of the National Stakes at the Curragh.

Belgian Christophe Soumillon will keep his partnership with Perfect Power at Juddmonte

Fahey reckons Perfect Power is his best two-year-old since Wootton Bassett, who landed the Prix Jean Luc Lagardere at the 2010 Arc meeting.

Victory on Saturday for Perfect Power could be a prelude to a return to Newmarket next May for the 2,000 Guineas.

Fahey said: ‘Perfect Power’s owner (Sheik Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum) was very keen to keep the partnership with Christophe together.

‘Perfect Power had to show a bit of class in the Morny. The best part of his race was the end of it which is always a good sign.

The two-year-old won at Prix Morny and has been hailed by trainer Richard Fahey

‘We are still learning about him but on the dam’s side he is bred to stay. His mental awareness and attitude also lend him to come home in his races.

‘Hopefully he will be a dual Group One winner (after Saturday) and the 2,000 Guineas is the route you nearly have to go if you have a chance.

‘The better sprint races like the Sandy Lane Stakes and Commonwealth Cup is the route to go if that fails. There is nothing to lose having a go at the Guineas.’ 

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