Aidan O’Brien draws French Derby blank as Sottsass wins at Chantilly

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The Derby failed to find a clear-cut leader of the three-year-old generation as five horses crossed the line within a length of each other, but the French equivalent at Chantilly on Sunday produced a much more convincing winner. Sottsass surged past Persian King, the favourite, inside the final furlong to give Jean-Claude Rouget his third win in the Prix du Jockey Club in the past four seasons.

Persian King, the winner of the French 2,000 Guineas last time out, was still travelling strongly on the home turn and briefly hit the front before Cristian Demuro, who had been following him through, made the decisive move on Sottsass as Persian King’s stamina waned.

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