Son Of Pour Moi Wins Valuable Prize
Talented dual-purpose performer Coeur De Lion (6g Pour Moi - Hora, by Hernando) gained a valuable flat win when landing the Chester Plate on Friday.
Second in a competitive Newbury handicap on his seasonal return last month, the Alan King-trained bay raced on heavy ground for the first time since his novice hurdle success two years prior.
Racing just short of two miles and three furlongs, he waited in midfield for the first five furlongs, from which he improved to chase the leaders under Thore Hansen. Progressing into second with six furlongs left to race, he led approaching the two furlong pole and stayed on well to win by five lengths.
Friday marked a fifth win for Couer De Lion, while admirable runs in defeat include a close second in the 2018 running of the Chester Plate and chasing home Defi Du Seuil in the 2017 JCB Triumph Trial. Owned by the Barbury Boys, he was bred by Mr and Mrs Kelvin-Hughes and is a half-brother to Listed hurdle winner Thomas Campbell (Yeats).