Prix Maurice de Gheest: Richard Fahey retains full faith in Perfect Power with France trip on the agenda

Richard Fahey retains faith in Perfect Power despite the Commonwealth Cup winner failing to make an impact in the July Cup.

The three-year-old was taking on his elders for the first time at Newmarket yet never threatened to get involved, finishing seventh behind Alcohol Free.

He is now having a short break before possibly heading for the Prix Maurice de Gheest in France.

“Perfect Power came out of the Darley July Cup all right,” Fahey told “He recovered very quickly – but in the race itself he never got firing at all. There’s a turbo engine there and he never got to engage it at Newmarket.

“The good news is he’s fine – there are no issues at all. He recovered so quickly it was like he’d not had a race.

“He just didn’t bounce and race. He’s a horse who likes to sit off the pace and pick them up when the leaders get tired, but they kept going on Saturday and he never got competitive.

“Christophe Soumillon was very keen afterwards to go to the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville, he feels it will be the ideal race for him.

Christophe Soumillon is keen to see Perfect Power takes his chance at Deauville next month

“We’ll take a look at that and see how he is when he’s back cantering. He’ll have a short break and there are plenty of races for him at the back-end of the season.

“We’ve lost no faith in the horse after Newmarket. He’ll be back.”

Australian sprinter Artorius will remain in Europe for a crack at Deauville having run with great credit in the July Cup.

Artorius was a fast-finishing third in the July Cup at Newmarket
Artorius (red) was a fast-finishing third in the July Cup at Newmarket

Sam and Anthony Freedman’s speedball backed up his excellent run when third in the Platinum Jubilee at Royal Ascot by filling the same spot behind Alcohol Free in Saturday’s July Cup at Newmarket.

The decision has now been taken to remain in the Northern Hemisphere for a little while longer and given his style of running, the six-and-a-half-furlongs of the Prix Maurice de Gheest, his next confirmed target, should be right up his street.

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