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Dreamloper: Group 1 winner for the second time this season at the Prix du Moulin

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Written by James Burn

Sunday: Prix du Moulin, Longchamp

Dreamloper gave jockey Kieran Shoemark a second Group 1 victory in 2022 at grinder pricebut it was a race marred by the death of the 2000 Champion Guinean Koroibos who collapsed early from the home straight.

The Newmarket Classic winner, who also succeeded in St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, was trying to get back on track after defeat at the Prix Jacques le Marois in Deauville. TGodolphin Colt was Mulan’s favourite and was stopped in midfield by William Buick, who climbed into a corner after two poles.

However, the three-year-old fell and was mortally wounded. Buick was reported to be fine, but had to give up a later ride on the West Wind Blows, which won a race Prince of Orange Award under Shoemark.

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Kieran Shomark with Lady Pothorpe last year

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The Dreamloper was a good third last season’s Sun Chariot when Shoemark first rode it and the rider established a good relationship with the five-year-old, who was trained at Lambourn by Ed Walker.

In May, the pair landed Dahlia Stakes in Newmarket and Brix Despahan in Longchamp before two unsuccessful 1-square-meter attempts at Pretty Bole and Nassau Stakes.

However, retreating to a one-mile trip was the answer as the Dreamloper called out a five-and-a-half-length victory from the Order of Australia with The Revenant in third.

Last summer Nassau champion Lady Pothorpe was Shomark’s first top level winner, but she’s now at the stall, leaving space for another special mare in his heart.

“I needed to find one like this,” he said. “I had an exceptional year last year with Lady Bowthorpe and didn’t know where the next Group 1 horse would come from.

“I found a beautiful one early this year and they gave me another set of set 1, so I’m happy. I’m grateful to Ed, Molly Stratton, who drives it every day, and the owner. I’m so lucky to be a part of this story.”

Walker plans a bold attack on Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf with Dreamloper and Shoemark: “Riding it in the Breeders’ Cup would be huge. It would be my first ride and I might have a few more rides, but it would be my best chance.”

The coach was quick to pay tribute to his jockey, who comes from a racing family, and showcased his talents to ITV viewers on Saturday by defeating Haydock’s £100,000 handicap at Inverness-trained Charlie Hills.

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Ed Walker: Tribute to Dreamloper Kieran Shoemark

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“Fair play for Kieran,” said Walker, who was speaking to Sky Sports Racing. “We got together and spent about four hours talking about racing, and at the end I just said, ‘Do your job and what you pay for.

“He totally worked because it wasn’t clear tactically what was going to happen and it’s not a straight flight. Since he’s sat on it in the sun chariot, he’s been handling it incredibly well and I think we’re reaping the rewards for this.”

Shoemark also evoked a great tune from West Wind Blows, who emerged as a potential black horse for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe after winning at Longchamp.

Trained by Simon and Ed Crisford, who have had an impressive 14 winners out of the last 25 runners.

The three-year-old, who didn’t shoot in the derby but made no further mistake, runs in Abdullah Al Mansouri’s colors and is 14-1 with Paddy Power for the Ark.

Asked if they had been tempted by the end-of-period movie in Europe, Ed Crisford said: “We could be, it’s this year’s championship race, but we’ll sit down with the owner and make a plan.”

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