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Trip To Paris ended up making a trip to Royal Ascot in 2015 and made it pay – winning the Gold Cup. Then he ventured to Australia for the Melbourne Cup and ran another stormer.
Purchased for just 20,000 guineas as a yearling, Trip To Paris has excelled since stepping up in trip.
Twice a winner over 1m4f, he was a ready winner of a 2m handicap at Ripon in April 2015 before following up in the Chester Cup a couple of weeks later.
That win prompted connections to pitch him into Group company in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown over two miles and as he finished strongly to finish second.
The extra half-mile of the Gold Cup seemed certain to suit and he was supplemented by his excited syndicate of owners.
Sent off at 12-1, he was ridden quietly by Graham Lee before making a move up the inside as the field turned for home. He saved a lot of ground and then showed a great turn of foot in the closing stages to draw away from his rivals and win by one and a quarter lengths.
Trip To Paris capped a remarkable year by finishing fourth in the Emirates Melbourne Cup, beaten only two lengths. Unfortunately, he suffered a tendon injury in the Japan Cup later in the month and it was feared he might miss the whole of 2016.
However, he returned in a ten-furlong contest at Newbury in July and, despite the trip being very much on the sharp side for him, ran a cracker to be third.
He followed that with a creditable fourth behind Quest For More in the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup at York but ran poorly next time in the Irish St Leger, and was again well below par in the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan in March, 2017.
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