ANOTHER GROUP WIN FOR CALL THE WIND
The son of FRANKEL prevailed in tight finish to take the Prix de Barbeville Gr.3 at Deauville on Sunday (24th May).
Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 25th May 2020:
Fresh from a break having garnered the immensely valuable Longines Turf Handicap at Riyadh on 29th February, George Strawbridge's Call The Wind (FRANKEL) managed to continue the winning sequence in Sunday's Prix de Barbeville Gr.3 at Deauville and book a potential trip to Royal Ascot.
Call The Wind tracked old adversary Holdthasigreen, eventually winning the argument in the last 100 metres. The 2-5 favourite eked out a short-neck verdict, with Libello a length back in what amounted to a crawl and sprint.
"I knew it could be slowly-run and I had to abandon plan A which was to take back," jockey Olivier Peslier said. "I didn't want to get caught for speed, so I had to get him rolling on the home bend. It's not easy for stayers to sprint like that and he won more easily in Saudi Arabia, where there was a lot more pace."
Call the Wind could be headed to Ascot for a showdown with Stradivarius and Kew Gardens in the Gold Cup Gr.1 according to trainer Freddy Head. "There is a Group 2 at Deauville in three weeks, or we can go to Ascot if we are allowed to, I don't know," he commented. "We'll have to discuss it and see - will there be a quarantine, I don't know, it is funny this year. We could go, it is something we will look at maybe. We'll see how he is and discuss with George Strawbridge what we do."
Date: 26 May 2020