State Of Rest won a third Group One race in a third different continent when landing the 2022 Prix Ganay for Joseph O’Brien at Paris Longchamp.
State of Rest was last seen winning the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in Australia and prior to that took the Saratoga Derby in America.
The 4-year-old colt by Starspangledbanner was bred in Ireland by Tinnakill Bloodstock who sold him as a weanling to Diamond Bloodstock for $60,424 at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale in 2018. The following year he was consigned by Whatton Manor Stud to the Tattersalls October Yearling – Book 2 Sale where Aidan O’Ryan/Joseph O’Brien picked him up for $80,543.
The 2022 Prix Ganay was ridden by Joseph’s No. 1 jockey Shane Cross. They finished ¾ length ahead of Pretty Tiger, who was having his first start for trainer Pia Bandt and went off at a generous 12/1. Sealiway was a short head away in third with the other fancied runners following on from there
Trainer Joseph O’Brien was delighted by the 2022 Prix Ganay success
“It was a great performance, Shane gave him a lovely ride,” “To come here at the start of the season with a win in a Group One like the Ganay is very special, I’m very proud of everyone and I hope it’s the start of a good season ahead.
“There’s a pretty obvious programme for 10-furlong Group One horses through the summer, the Tattersalls Gold Cup will be the most likely spot for him next and then we will take it from there,” O’Brien said.
“We’ll take it one race at a time, hopefully we can have a good season.
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