Auteuil winner for Scorpion

Blue Fashion (4g Scorpion-Moon Glow, by Solar One) scored by six lengths at Auteuil on Sunday when becoming the latest smart first-crop representative for the high-class Scorpion.

The four-year-old was saddled by Francois Cottin to comfortably land a 2m 2f conditions’ hurdle at the Paris track to complete a red-letter week for his breeder Paul Nataf. Leading 2,000 Guineas contender Toronado (3c High Chaparral-Wana Doo, by Grand Slam), winner of the G3 Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday, was also bred by Nataf.

Scorpion has made a big impression with only a handful of runners so far and one that went into many notebooks was the Ronnie O’Leary-trained Deadly Sting (4g Scorpion-Gaza Strip, by Hamas), who flew at the finish to just lose out in a Wetherby bumper on April 12.

The Racing Post’s Analysis noted that Deadly Sting “would have got up in another couple of strides. He showed sings of greenness when initially coming under pressure and should improve plenty”. He was subsequently sold for £52,000 at the Cheltenham sale on Wednesday and has joined Jonjo O’Neill.

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