Palace Pier claimed his fifth career Group 1 success on Sunday afternoon, as the four-year-old battled gamely against 2000 Guineas winner Poetic Flare to win by a neck at Deauville.
John & Thady Gosden’s star took on the three-year-old for the first time this term and just came out on top, pulling out all the stops to claim success across the English Channel.
Starting out from stall seven, the Kingman colt was held up towards the rear for most of the contest before making headway with two and a half furlongs to go.
Coming down the middle of the circuit, Frankie Dettori kicked his mount on and he responded, throwing down a challenge on the leading Poetic Flare.
Palace Pier was in line with Jim Bolger’s recruit heading into the final furlong and he just produced that bit extra, getting his head in front in the final strides to land victory.
The four-year-old become the first horse in over a quarter of a century to land back-to-back successes in the Group 1 contest and John Gosden made his next target clear when speaking to the Racing Post.
“His class got him through. He’s blowing hard, but it’s the Jacques le Marois and if you don’t come to the Jacques le Marois, it’s rather a pointless year.”
“I think we won’t rush back and maybe wait for the Champions Day and he’ll be in both races, the QEII and the Champion. We may well consider stepping him up in trip.”