Highland Chief Set For Grand Prix de Paris

Highland Chief

Paul and Oliver Cole are set to take a trip across the channel with their stable star Highland Chief next month, with the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris his next big target.

It was thought that the St Leger at Doncaster would be his next big task but the father and son training partnership have decided on the trip to France with prize money playing a key factor.

The three year old son of Gleneagles has really moved his career along this term having shown glimpses of ability as a juvenile but this season stepping up in the big races.

On his seasonal debut at Ascot he got off the mark for the first time in his career winning the Golden Gates Handicap at Royal Ascot.

Off the back of that he was sent into the Derby and like many horses ran no sort of race and a line can be drawn through that run.

Since then the colt has been to Glorious Goowood and the Ebor meeting at York and finished second in the Gordon Stakes and Great Voltigeur behind very smart opposition.

(Credit ATR) Cole said:“The plan is to go to the Grand Prix de Paris with him.

“I think the Grand Prix de Paris is probably the way forward with him.

“We’re going to have to supplement him – he’s not in at the moment.

“We’ll have to prepare him again to see if he’s on song for the day, but it’s a pencilled-in plan anyway.”

He added: “If Pyledriver is probably going to the St Leger, it’s probably best for us to go to Paris.

“Pyledriver was very impressive, wasn’t he, wow! He absolutely wiped everyone out – great for racing, wasn’t it, to see a performance like that?”