Runnymede’s own Archbishop, a three-year-old colt by Arch, will point to the Prix Jean Prat (G1) at Chantilly on July 1 in what will be only his fifth career start.
Trained by Brian Meehan at Manton in England, Archbishop is coming off his best performance to date, a runner-up effort in the Prix Paul de Moussac (G3) at Chantilly on June 9. He has finished first or second in each of his starts bar one.
“There is so much improvement still to come in this colt,” Meehan said recently of the bay, who won his debut last July at Sandown while defeating Farraaj, who went on to finish third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs.
Bred by Runnymede in partnership with James E. Clay II and farm Vice President and General Manager Martin O’Dowd, Archbishop races in the silks of farm Chairman Catesby W. Clay. He is the third foal and third winner produced by his dam, the Carson City mare Avaricity, who this year produced an imposing colt by champion Big Brown.
Some of the challengers Archbishop might face in the Prix Jean Prat include French Fifteen, a Group 1 winner at two and second in the English 2000 Guineas (G1), and Godolphin’s Group 3-placed Aesop’s Fables, a Kentucky-bred son of Distorted Humor.