Monday, 1 November 2010
: Roderic O'Connor survived an alarming drift to his right to claim the Group One Criterium International at Saint-Cloud.
In doing so Aidan O'Brien's juvenile paid a huge compliment to his Dewhurst Stakes conqueror, the Henry Cecil-trained Frankel, who dispatched him fairly readily at Newmarket.
Johnny Murtagh always had the Galileo colt in a handy position and he was just behind the leaders as the field turned into the straight before kicking a couple of lengths clear, though he then had to overcome a swerve to the right before beating Salto.
The latter looked a massive danger, but as soon as Murtagh straightened Roderic O'Connor out he went away again, winning by around a length.
Barry Hills' Rerouted ran well in fourth, but Pisco Sour and Abjer were well beaten.
Paddy Power cut Roderic O'Connor to 10-1 from 12s for both the 2000 Guineas and the Derby. Frankel was left unchanged at even-money for the Guineas and 3-1 for the Derby.