Bypassing a potential partnership with last term’s G1 Middle Park S. and G1 Dewhurst S. hero U S Navy Flag (War Front), Ryan Moore’s decision to instead partner G2 Superlative S. victor Gustav Klimt (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) paid a handsome dividend here as the former pounced late to seal a decisive win in his first start since annexing that July 15 career high. Steadied last of the four runners as stablemate and G3 Killavullan S. winner Kenya (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) tanked along on the front end, he was uncoiled in the straight to go second entering the final furlong–as Imaging (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) took over in front–and was ridden out to inhale that rival nearing the line, winning with plenty in hand.
   Gustav Klimt is one of five black-type performers produced by Listed Empress S. winner and G2 Prix Robert Papin runner-up Massarra (GB) (Danehill), and he is kin to G1 Gran Criterium-winning Italian highweight Nayarra (Ire) (Cape Cross {Ire}), G3 Silver Flash S. victress Wonderfully (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), Listed Naas Sprint S. scorer Cuff (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and G1 St James’s Palace S. third Mars (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). Massarra is herself a sibling of G1SW sire Invincible Spirit (Ire) (Green Desert), out of G1 Prix de Diane heroine Rafha (GB) (Kris {GB}), and she has also produced the 2-year-old filly Fire Fly (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and a yearling filly by Galileo (Ire).

GUSTAV KLIMT (IRE), c, 3, Galileo (Ire)–Massarra (GB) (SW & GSP-Eng, GSP-Fr), by Danehill.
O-Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Ryan Moore. €29,500. Lifetime Record: 4-3-0-0, €95,854. *Full to Wonderfully (Ire), GSW-Ire, £121,955; Cuff (Ire), SW-Ire; and Mars (Ire), G1SP-Eng & GSP-Ire, $ 153,762; and 1/2 to Nayarra (Ire) (Cape Cross {Ire}), Hwt. 2yo Filly & G1SW-Ity, MGSP-Eng & MSP-US, $ 268,629.

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