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Grand Prix de Paris: Hurricane Lane and William Buick storm to Group One victory to double up on Irish Derby win

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William Buick and Hurricane Lane win Group One Grand Prix de Paris by six lengths, from Wordsworth in second and Alenquer third; Charlie Appleby’s three-year-old colt won the Irish Derby in a thriller last month

Hurricane Lane gets a well-earned pat down the neck from Buick after winning the Irish Derby

Hurricane Lane stormed to a decisive victory in the Grand Prix de Paris to double his Group One tally for the season.

Charlie Appleby’s Irish Derby hero, ridden once more by William Buick, was prominent throughout at Parislongchamp, running past Aidan O’Brien’s pace-setter The Mediterranean with apparent ease.

The son of Frankel, who was third in the Cazoo Derby at Epsom despite losing two shoes, finished six lengths clear of another of O’Brien’s trio Wordsworth in second.

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The William Haggas-trained second favourite, Alenquer, was given a patient ride by James Doyle and picked off a few rivals late-on for third, with The Mediterranean finishing fourth after a brave effort from the front.


Hurricane Lane now has five wins from six career starts and could head to the St Leger at Doncaster in September next.

Jockey William Buick celebrates after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on Hurricane Lane

Buick’s only other ride on the card at Parislongchamp ended in disappointment as Joe Tuite’s well-backed filly Via Sistina – a 5-1 joint-second favourite – finished last of 10 in the Group Two Prix De Malleret.

The impressive Goodwood winner had raced prominently early but faded to the line, eventually finishing eight-and-a-half lengths behind the winner, Andre Fabre’s Babylone.

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