French black-type win for Footsteps 3yo

Trainer Philippe Decouz is a considering a trip to Royal Ascot with Imperiator (3g Footstepsinthesand-Jarhes, by Green Desert) after the three-year-old ran out an easy Listed winner at Chantilly on Thursday.

The Haras de la Perelle-bred son of Footstepsinthesand, who won a Deauville conditions event in October, took the Listed Prix Montenica over six and a half furlongs by three-quarters of a length on his seasonal comeback and Decouz feels it is a run that bodes well for the future,

β€œHe was not totally wound up for this, so it was most encouraging,” Decouz told TDN. β€œHe is very consistent and has improved quite a bit over the winter. A mile is probably too far for him so my idea is to target the G3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot (June 18) with probably a run in the G3 Prix Djebel at Maisons-Laffitte in between.”

The European Flat season has yet to hit full gear but Footstepsinthesand has now had two Listed winners in France in 2014 with Baby Foot (3c Footstepsinthesand-Baby Houseman, Oasis Dream), winning the Listed Prix de la Californie at Cagnes-sur-Mer in February.

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