Johannesburg cruises to Morny triumph


Johannesburg cemented his position at the head of the betting for the Sagitta 2000 Guineas with a comfortable victory in the Prix Morny Casinos Barriere at Deauville today.

The Tote now go 3-1 from 8-1 for the Newmarket Classic while Coral Eurobet make Aidan O'Brien's juvenile a more generous 7-1 chance.

Johannesburg, a wide-margin winner of the Phoenix Stakes at Leopardstown two weeks ago, was in similar form in the French Group One contest.

The six-furlong dash was run at a good gallop and Michael Kinane tracked the leaders on Johannesburg before unleashing the son of Hennessy at the furlong pole.

Getting an immediate response, the Ballydoyle runner came readily clear of Zipping, with the David Loder-trained Meshaheer back in third.

Ian Balding's Firebreak took fourth, one place ahead of Andre Fabre's War Zone.

A stewards' inquiry was announced but the winner was not affected.