Plus Que Parfait done for 2019; expected as a 'nice older horse'

September 18, 2019 09:27am

Trainer Brendan Walsh said this week that Plus Que Parfait, the UAE Derby (G2) winner, is done for the season with the goal of a full 4-year-old campaign that can begin in the “early spring” of 2020.

“Nothing’s wrong with him,” said Walsh, who last saddled the son of Point of Entry for a third-place finish in the Aug. 3 West Virginia Derby (G3). “Between Dubai and everything, he had done enough, and we just thought after Mountaineer we’d call it a year.”

The Imperial Racing, LLC, charge broke his maiden last fall at third asking, then ran a close second in Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2). He hasn’t left graded/group company since then, competing along the way in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Derby Invitational on turf.

“Physically, he really matured as the year went on, which is what you want to see,” Walsh said. “He seems to have plenty of scope to turn into a good older horse.”

Plus Que Parfait went into 2019 a known Derby prospect but missed the board in two starts to open his season at Louisiana’s Fair Grounds. A change of scenery — he trained up to the UAE Derby in Florida — preceded his breakout overseas victory.

With the colt’s ownership group based in Dubai, Meydan will stage its usual series of lucrative races leading up to the Dubai World Cup (G1) around the time Walsh expects Plus Que Parfait back at the races.

“He shows he can travel, which is a big plus,” the trainer said. “There might be travel in the cards for him as well.

“…I’d be very hopeful that he should make a hell of a nice older horse.”

 

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