French Derby might be the next test for winner Marcel

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Newmarket trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam says a tilt at the French Derby may be the next route for his Racing Post Trophy hero Marcel.

Despite Marcel’s Group One success on Saturday, Chapple-Hyam believes a shot at the French Derby may prove more suitable than the UK equivalent at Epsom next year.

Chapple-Hyam said: “Authorized was more of a stayer than this horse is. You can’t compare them but this horse has won a Group 1 so let’s go forward.

“I’d love to think he would be a Derby horse but realistically I would say he is probably more of a French Derby horse.”

It was Marcel that capitalised on John Gosden Foundation’s lack of fortune to win by a length-and-a-half in the Doncaster showpiece at odds of 33-1.

Jockey Andre Atzeni made an eye-catching move two furlongs out when taking the Lawman colt out particularly wide to ensure a clear run towards the middle of the track.

Chapple-Hyam’s colt led with a furlong-and-a-half to run and kept on strongly in the closing stages to hold off Aiden O’Brien’s Johannes Vermeer quite comfortably.

Foundation could only finish third.

It was Peter Chapple-Hyam’s first Group 1 victory since Authorized won the Juddmonte International Stakes back in August 2007 as Atzeni avoided all of the trouble in running by guiding the Paul Hancock-owned colt to victory.

Chapple-Hyam, who also won this race with Commander Collins in 1998, said: “I thought we would be placed but I didn’t really see us beating John Gosden’s horse.

“But the way that our Beast Mode ran against them in the Royal Lodge - and should have maybe been a couple of lengths closer - I did think this horse would be in the first three.

“He is a big horse and he has taken time to come together. His work had been really good coming into the race.”