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The Wow Signal Wins France Gr1 Prix Morny
Australian sire Starspangledbanner celebrated his first stakes winner when brilliant 2YO The Wow Signal (Starspangledbanner-Muravka, by High Chaparral) produced a late charge to defeat American colt Hootenanny in the Gr1 Prix Morny (6 furlongs) at Deauville in France overnight. The Wow Signal, who also provided a maiden Gr1 win for his trainer John Quinn, wore down Hootenanny (Quality Road-More Hennessy, by Hennessy) in the final furlong to score by 0.5-length with the Aga Khan-owned filly Erveyda (Siyouni-Elva, by King's Best) back in third. Purchased by Sheikh Joaan Al Thani after a stunning debut win at Ayr in May when cruising to a 9-length victory, The Wow Signal is now unbeaten in three starts after landing the Gr2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. "Everyone works hard and you hope you might come across a horse like him. We're thrilled to have our piece of it," Quinn told Sky Sports. "He's crying out for seven furlongs and I would say it will either be the Dewhurst or the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere for him next." Harry Herbert, racing manager for the owners Al Shaqab Racing, suggested a return trip to France is likely. "We're over the moon and I thought it was a really superb performance over a trip that is probably getting too short for him, especially with the American speed horse in the race," he said. "I think I am right in saying this is a first two-year-old Group One winner for Al Shaqab Racing, so it's a fantastic result and he's clearly a very exciting horse." Starspangledbanner stands at Rosemont Stud in Victoria and will serve a limited book of 50 mares this spring due to fertility issues before returning to Coolmore Stud in Ireland next year.