Hymn on song for High Chaparral

Exciting three-year-old Western Hymn (3c High Chaparral-Blue Rhapsody, by Cape Cross) proved too good against some decent rivals in the G2 Prix Eugene Adam at Maisons-Laffitte on Sunday.

The High Chaparral colt had won his three runs before finishing sixth in the G1 Derby and was having his first start since the Epsom Classic when stepping back in trip to 10 furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte.

William Buick bided his time aboard Western Hymn, who was bred by Newsells Park Stud and is owned by Robin Geffen and Rachel Hood, before coming with a decisive run to win by three lengths.

Gosden told the Racing Post: “He had a pretty rough trip all the way in the Derby. But we freshened him up and he had trained well. I was expecting a big run and he gave one. That’s his fourth run of the year and I’ll be looking a bit towards the autumn now.”

Buick added: “He is still a big baby. He has a good turn of foot and when he gets to the front he looks around but he has a lot of class. This distance suits him better than a mile and a half as he has plenty of speed.”

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