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New Gr.1 winner for Spirit
13 Jul 2015 | By Racing Post

Territories became the 11th top-flight scorer and third winner of the Prix Jean Prat for his sire Invincible Spirit, when flying home under a daring ride from Mickael Barzalona at Chantilly on Sunday.

The Darley homebred came into the race off a second-placed effort to Gleneagles in the 2,000 Guineas and, after being held up from the gate, swept passed the field in the closing stages to deny the Charlie Hills-trained Dutch Connection.

Trained by Andre Fabre, Territories is one of four winners from as many runners out of the Machiavellian mare Taranto, a Listed runner-up over a mile and five furlongs.

However, Irish National Stud resident and Haydock Sprint Cup winner Invincible Spirit has proven a potent force for injecting speed into a pedigree, a mix that on Sunday highlighted Territories as a miler to be noted as the season progresses.

Other leading milers by the sire include last season's dominant pair Kingman and Charm Spirit - the winners of seven Group 1 races between them including the Prix Jean Prat - and Moonlight Cloud, while his sprinting stars are headed by July Cup scorers Fleeting Spirit and Mayson.

Charm Spirit winner of last year's Prix Jean Prat went on to complete a Gr.1 hat-trick also capturing the Gr.1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp and the Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

Invincible Spirit, also the sire of 2007 Prix Jean Prat winner Lawman, stood the 2015 season for a fee of €100,000.