Congratulations to Irish trainer Barry Lalor with Maarek under D P McDonogh owned by Lisbunny Syndicate in the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp in France. Declan made his way through, weaving and pushed hard towards the end to win by a neck length, giving him his first Grade One success. He said, "They went very fast, but he got a nice lead off the horse who was second...He's very game and he loves s...oft ground...They've done a great job with him, and he goes to Ascot (QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes) now with a great chance." Trainer Barry added, "We knew the horse was in good form and he likes the ground soft, but it's always risky with a hold-up horse as you never know what's going to happen.”
"It's every trainer and owner's dream with a sprinter to end up in this race and I'd like to particularly thank my assistant Evanna McCutcheon for getting the horse here in such good shape...We'd like to go for the Ascot sprint he won last year now."