St Mark’s Basilica gave Aidan O’Brien a primary victory within the Qatar Prix du Jockey Membership with an excellent effort at Chantilly.
The son of Siyouni was confidently ridden by Ioritz Mendizabal to run away from the opposition within the closing levels and be a part of an elite band of horses to finish the French 2000 Guineas/Derby double.
St Mark’s Basilica (11-4 favorite) broke away from he stalls nicely and was at all times in an excellent place, near the tempo set by Normandy Bridge.
The latter led into the straight, however was rapidly tackled by El Drama, who did his greatest to set sail for residence.
Mendizabal had the transfer lined, nonetheless, and St Mark’s Basilica was quickly in command – placing the race to mattress in a matter of strides.
Sealiway (66-1) was second simply forward of the fast-finishing Millebosc in third.
Mendizabal – who carried out a Frankie Dettori-style flying dismount -said: “This morning I spoke with Aidan, and he requested me to not go to the entrance too early, so I waited so long as I may. He was going so nicely that I needed to go to the entrance slightly bit additional out than I needed.
“However he has gained like a horse that will keep the total Traditional distance (mile and a half) and any query of him getting the (prolonged 10-furlong) journey right this moment, he proved.
“He is an excellent horse. He may very well be an Arc de Triomphe horse in two or three months. The space isn’t any drawback.
“I had an ideal run on the within and the gaps opened up very properly for me.”