Barbeville: The Good Man passes test with flying colours

1 May 2022

The Good Man et Théo Bachelot (en jaune et bleu) prennent l'avantage dans les dernières mètres du Prix de Barbeville (Gr3), le dimanche 1er mai 2022 sur l'hippodrome de Longchamp, à Paris.


Sunday, May 1st, 2022, ParisLongchamp Racecourse (Paris). - For a first test over a long distance, that is the Prix de Barbeville (Gr3)'s 3,100 metres/15.5 furlongs trip, 5-year-old horse The Good Man (Manduro) was more than simply convincing! Held in an instant as the race was unfolding in the last straight, he jumped out of the box and sprinted home to beat the favourite Joie de Soir (Fastnet Rock), who finally also lost second place to a returning and fast finishing Bubble Smart (Intello).

On the other hand, Skazino (Kendargent) and Call the Wind (Frankel), the two previous winners of this race, could only follow the action from behind, not showing their best turn of foot.

The Good Man was running for the 23rd time, and it was only his fourth win. He mostly ran main handicaps up to 1m4f until last Spring, when he won two of those in a row, which caused his rating to soar by 16lbs. Stéphane Wattel, his trainer, decided then to aim hight, and it worked. The Good Man first finished 2nd in the d’Hédouville (Gr3), still ovr 1m4f, and later second again in the Grand Prix de Deauville (Gr2), in his backyard at Deauville. Third in the Prix du Conseil de Paris (Gr2) at the end of the season, he had just made a seasonal return, finishing 3rd in the Prix de la Porte de Madrid (L).

The Good Man's 2nd dam Luas Line (Danehill) was third in Saoirse's Irish One Thousand Guineas (Gr1) and went on to win the Garden City Breeders’Cup Handicap (Gr1) at Belmont Park over 1m1f. Trained by Nicolas Clément, So Good (Galileo), The Good Man's dam, was placed twice in handicaps and later bought as a broodmare for €45,000 at Arqana by Gérard Larrieu (Chantilly Bloodstock), joint-breeder of The Good Man with Haras d’Idernes and Haras de Saint-Faust. The Good Man, who was not sold in auction, is owned by Adrian Pratt, Martin Ingram, Peter David Anwyl-Harris, Stéphane Wattel and Lord Clinton. They also own his younger sister The Good Girl (Muhtathir), born in 2020 and in training with Wattel. The Kheleyf 3-year-old sister was recently claimed and now races for Guy Pariente. A Zarak filly was born in 2021.