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Technician lands French Group 1 prize to trigger Cup dreams

27 Oct 2019

Martyn Meade-trained grey signs off season with victory in the Prix Royal-Oak at ParisLongchamp

Technician with Boudot and Freddie Meade in the background. Picture: Racingfotos.com

Technician will be one to look out for in the Long Distance category of the QIPCO British Champions Series next year.

The three-year-old colt took his record to a perfect three from three on his travels to France this season with victory in the Prix Royal-Oak at ParisLongchamp, run over just short of two miles.

Sent off at 11-4 and ridden by Arc-winning jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot, Meade’s charge picked up strongly when asked in the straight, quickly overhauling Holdthaisgreen before holding Call The Wind, that pair having finished first and second respectively in the Prix du Cadran.

While only sixth in the St Leger at Doncaster, it has been an excellent campaign for Meade’s grey.

Freddie Meade, assistant to his father, told Sky Sports Racing: “He’s got better with every start – he was a Listed winner, a Group Two winner and now a Group One winner.

“He’s done everything we’ve asked and is such a nice horse to have in the yard.

“To think he won over a mile and a quarter in June, to come back and do it over this distance on different ground – he’s been a great servant to us all summer.

“He’s a funny horse, as he never looks like he’s travelling that well – that’s good as he keeps it all for the end, which is a good time to be going the fastest!”

He added: “He’ll have a well-earned rest now and we’ll look at some nice targets next year.”

Frankie Dettori had to settle for fourth place aboard the John Gosden-trained Lah Ti Dar.