Sunday’s impressive Saint-Cloud winner Jimmy Two Times is set to ply his trade in some of Europe’s top mile races over the coming months.
The Andre Fabre trained grey spent most of last season competing against sprinters, but showed he is a potent force over longer trips when showing a good finishing kick at the end of the Group 3 Prix Edmond Blanc last weekend.
Races like the Lockinge and the Queen Anne could be on the agenda after the son of Kendargent sprinted clear of his rivals under Vincent Cheminaud on his first start since finishing fourth to Limato in the Prix de la Foret last October.
“He has changed a lot mentally if not so much physically since last year and has been working well,” said Andreas Putsch, in whose Haras de Saint Pair colours Jimmy Two Times runs. “We’re delighted he stayed so well because that opens up a lot of options and next up he’ll be on his travels. I was impressed by him today.”
Dicton edged a blanket finish for second, showing he has recovered well from the exertions of a busy three-year-old career during which he was third in both the Poule d’Essai des Poulains and the Prix du Jockey Club.
Representing owner Robert Ng, Rupert Pritchard-Gordon said: “He has a chance of getting into the Champions Mile or the QEII in Hong Kong, which the boss would probably quite like, but we’ll discuss it. Otherwise I think we’ll look quite closely at the Lockinge because he ran very good races in the French Guineas and the Jacques le Marois over the straight mile.”