Monday, 13 September 2010
: Duncan rounded off a superb weekend for trainer John Gosden and jockey William Buick with a battling success at Longchamp on Sunday.
Samuel, Duncan's big brother, had started the ball rolling for the pair with a Doncaster Cup win on Friday and then Arctic Cosmos claimed the final Classic of the season with victory in the Ladbrokes St Leger on Saturday.
The opening stages of the Foy were messy with Timos bursting clear from his rivals, who were spread around most of Paris, while Buick steered a notably wide course on Duncan before coming across to lead as the runners turned out of the back straight.
Buick set just a modest gallop on Duncan despite considerable concerns over the stamina of favourite Byword, who raced towards the rear of the pack.
Duncan,running in the colours of Nicholas and Philippa Cooper's Normandie Stud, was asked to quicken at the top of the straight, but initially struggled to shake off his rivals and Timos briefly headed the Gosden runner.
However, it was Nakayama Festa for Japan emerging as the biggest danger, the four-year-old running hard at Duncan inside the final furlong.
But Duncan would not lay down and held off Nakayama Festa to score, with Timos back in third. Byword took fourth, but failed to replicate his brilliance over shorter distances on hisfirst start over 1m4f.
Gosden may look for further autumn success with Duncan and said: "He is a very brave horse. What I particularly liked was when the Japanese horse [Nakayama Festa] came at us hefought back.
"I might think about coming back here in three weeks [for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe]."