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Many expected the 2018 Investec Coronation Cup to be something of an extended lap of honour for Cracksman, the highest-rated horse in Europe and 2-7 favourite.
However, he was all but upstaged by 33/1 chance Salouen, the outsider of the six runners, who made the running under Silvestre De Sousa an led everywhere by the final stride or two.
It was a canny ride by De Sousa, who set a steady gallop in the mile and a half contest before quickening up smartly in the home straight to go clear, but Salouen should not be underestimated in future QIPCO British Champions Series races.
He twice finished placed in Group 1 company as a two-year-old, after all, and had been a luckless thirteenth in the Investec Derby a year earlier.
Trainer Sylvester Kirk was delighted with the four-year-old son of Canford Cliffs. “We have seen him do what we think he was capable of,” he said. “He jumped out in front and made the running and has just been beaten by a very good horse.
“We are disappointed but we would have been delighted with that result beforehand. I thought he was home and hosed. I don’t usually count my chickens, but I thought a furlong out he had won.
“It’s a pleasure for a small yard like us to have a nice horse like him.”
On his next start, Salouen travelled for France for the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and again ran another fine race in Group 1 company – being beaten little more than a length into third behind Waldgeist and Coronet.
Salouen then helped force a strong pace in the QIPCO-sponsored King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, fading to be fourth behind Poet’s Word. On his latest start he was third in the Group 2 Grand Prix de Deauville.
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