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Kool to contest Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte

Updated: Friday, 18 Jul 2014 17:24 | Comments

Kool Kompany bids to follow in the hoofprints of Lucky Lionel, who claimed the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte for the Hannon yard in 1995
Kool Kompany bids to follow in the hoofprints of Lucky Lionel, who claimed the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte for the Hannon yard in 1995

Richard Hannon's Kool Kompany is on his travels again and will contest the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte on Sunday.

The Jeremy colt has had five runs this season, winning four with his only defeat coming in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He won the Listed Rochestown Stakes at Naas before that and following Ascot bounced back to form to win the Railway Stakes at the Curragh.

The Charlie Hills-trained Strath Burn, an impressive Newbury maiden scorer on his only start, is one of four rivals, as is Goken, a Group Three winner at Chantilly.

"There are only five runners but it looks a decent little race," said Tim Palin, racing manager for Middleham Park Racing who own Kool Kompany.

"Goken has the strongest French form and who knows what the Charlie Hills horse could be.

"It's a fascinating marry up of the French, Irish and British form, I'm sure Matthew Tester (British Horseracing Authority juvenile handicapper) will be very pleased we are running!

"We should be OK over the trip, we've won twice over five and twice over six so five-and-a-half shouldn't be a problem.

"Who knows what the ground will be, though. If it's soft that won't be a problem, though.

"He's in scintillating form at home. He left an older horse for dead on the gallops in his last piece of work, it was very impressive.

"He's exactly what you want in a Hannon horse and if he shows the improvement on the track which he has at home he could win impressively.

"The reason he's running is that he doesn't have a penalty and after that piece of work we could not turn the opportunity down.

"If he goes and wins by two lengths and doesn't have a hard race he still might go for the Richmond (at Goodwood), there's 11 days between them. He's not a small horse.

"This horse's time is now. Last year with Toormore we kept putting the handbrake on and we did say we'd give this horse a break but he's in such rude health.

"We've all fallen in love with him because of his white face, he might not win a beauty contest but he's all heart.

"There is just a small chance the French two-year-old sprinters are not very good so we thought we'd find out."

On the same card is the Prix Eugene Adam which sees Rod Millman's Master Carpenter return to France following his win in a Chantilly Group Three and he takes on John Gosden's Western Hymn, who was last seen finishing sixth in the Investec Derby to Australia.

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