Racing: Way win clue to Enrique

THE VICTORY of Way Of Light in yesterday's Grand Criterium at Longchamp, France's premier two-year-old contest, merely reinforced the notion that it will be next Saturday's Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket that will define Europe's champion two-year-old of 1998.

Way Of Light certainly strengthened the hand of the Niarchos family for next year's Classics when demolishing yesterday's challenge from Britain and Ireland, but the blue and white Niarchos silks will carry more import when they are sported by Enrique's rider when the colt takes on Lujain and Stravinsky next Saturday

Always travelling better than his six rivals, the Pascal Bary-trained Way Of Light led over a furlong out under Cash Asmussen to beat Paul Cole's Red Sea, ridden by Dominique Boeuf, by one and a half lengths.

Frankie Dettori recovered from flu in time to partner the John Gosden- trained Glamis, but the combination managed no better than third, a further length and a half away. Aidan O'Brien's Coliseum, with Michael Kinane on board, was a disappointing fourth for the stable that had taken the race in such spectacular style last year with the much-vaunted Second Empire.

The going at Longchamp had turned heavy after torrential rain fell before the start of racing. "The ground was very sticky out there and Coliseum was never really travelling on it," O'Brien said.

Alan Cooper, racing manager to Maria Niarchos, said: "Pascal Bary has always liked this horse. He is getting to know Longchamp now and will be back here next spring."

The winning trainer added: "That was a great consolation for Dream Well's defeat in the Arc a week ago."

Paul Cole described the run of second placed Red Sea as "excellent", while John Gosden said that the third-placed Glamis was "beaten by better horses on the day".

The winner paid 2.2-1 on the pari-mutuel, while Andre Fabre's Indian Danehill, who would have been attempting to give Olivier Peslier a remarkable sequence of wins in Group One races, was a late withdrawal.

The William Hill organisation were not overwhelmed with Way Of Light and quote him at 25-1 for next year's 2000 Guineas, though the Prix d'Essai des Poulains looks a more likely target with Enrique heading for Newmarket.

The Epsom trainer, Philip Mitchell, was surprisingly disappointed with the performance of his Running Stag who earned $60,000 (pounds 35,000) for finishing fourth in the Grade One Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on Saturday night. "I don't think he cared for the track," Mitchell said. "We'll wait and see what we are going to do with him."

The race went to Wagon Limit, a 34-1 longshot, who denied Skip Away an all-time record for prize-money won.

The winner of 18 of his 37 starts, including his previous nine in a row, Skip Away has won $9,506,360 but his failure to take this $600,000 prize means that he remains behind Cigar's total of $9,999,815. A leg injury sustained in the race means that he may now miss the Breeders' Cup Classic.

RICHARD EDMONDSON

Nap: Brownes Hill Lad

(Newton Abbot 4.10)

NB: Kettlesing

(Ayr 4.50)

Life and Style
love + sex A new study has revealed the average size - but does that leave men outside the 'normal' range being thought of as 'abnormal'?
Arts and Entertainment
TV
Voices
The Palace of Westminster is falling down, according to John Bercow
voices..says Matthew Norman
Sport
Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet clash
football
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Graham Norton said Irish broadcaster RTE’s decision to settle was ‘moronic’
TV
Arts and Entertainment
Jake and Dinos Chapman were motivated by revenge to make 'Bring me the Head of Franco Toselli! '
arts + ents Shapero Modern Gallery to show explicit Chapman Brothers film
Arts and Entertainment
Kurt Cobain performing for 'MTV Unplugged' in New York, shortly before his death
music Brett Morgen's 'Cobain: Montage of Heck' debunks many of the myths
Life and Style
life
Sport
Brendan Rodgers
football The Liverpool manager will be the first option after Pep Guardiola
News
Amazon misled consumers about subscription fees, the ASA has ruled
news
Arts and Entertainment
Myanna Buring, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Russell Tovey in 'Banished'
TV Jimmy McGovern tackles 18th-century crime and punishment
Arts and Entertainment
Paul Whitehouse as Herbert
arts + ents
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Lettings and Sales Negotiator - OTE £46,000

£16000 - £46000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...

Recruitment Genius: Home Care Worker - Reading and Surrounding Areas

£9 - £13 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity to join a s...

Recruitment Genius: Key Sales Account Manager - OTE £35,000

£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Have you got a proven track rec...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Executive - OTE £40,000

£15000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity for...

Day In a Page

Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn