In the Prix Niel, Reliable Man returned to the form that won the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) in June, avenging a distant third-place finish to Meandre in the Grand Prix de Paris on July 14 by beating Meandre by two lengths in the Niel. The Niel is a Breeders' Cup Challenge Win and You're In race, and Reliable Man earned an automatic fees-paid berth in the BC Turf with his victory Sunday. Three-year-olds do not often come for the BC Turf, and a start in the Arc surely would be targeted in the near term.
Reliable Man, trained by Royer-Dupre and ridden by Gerald Mosse, got a perfect trip in the Niel, sitting a few lengths off the leaders in fourth while well in hand and out of traffic. Reliable Man picked up smoothly when the sprinting began about a quarter-mile out, went clear in the final furlong, and never was threatened. Meandre was within about a length of the winner in mid-stretch but could not match his acceleration and nearly was caught for second by Vadamar.