Group 1 glory for Quest For More in the Prix du Cadran
George Baker delivered Quest For More with a perfectly-timed run to claim Group One glory in the Prix du Cadran at Chantilly.
Having recently adopted front-running tactics to win the Lonsdale Cup at York and be beaten a nose in the Doncaster Cup, Quest For More was dropped out last by Baker this time but finished with a real flourish.
The favourite Vazirabad looked to have timed it right when he went clear of Hughie Morrison’s Nearly Caught in the closing stages, but the Roger Charlton-trained Quest For More powered home to edge it on the line.
The Juliet Rose blooms
The Juliet Rose ran out an impressive all-the-way winner of the Prix de Royallieu at Chantilly.
Still in contention to run in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe itself until the second forfeit stage this week, the filly confirmed the promise of her good run in the Prix Vermeille when third to Left Hand.
Stephane Pasquier was allowed an easy lead but Pat Smullen never let her out of his sights on Dermot Weld’s Almela.
When Smullen asked his mount to close the gap, though, she could never quite get on terms and in the final furlong the result was never in doubt.
Nicolas Clement’s filly gradually pulled further clear and she ran out a comfortable winner.
Doha Dream on top for Fabre
Andre Fabre’s Doha Dream just held the persistent challenge of Moonshiner to win the Prix Chaudenay at Chantilly.
The first race of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend, which has switched venues while regular home Longchamp is redeveloped, provided a stirring finish at the end of a mile and seven furlongs.
Hughie Morrison’s Marmelo, the only British runner in the race, attempted to make all and was only headed entering the final furlong.
At the time it looked as though Gregory Benoist had everything covered on favourite Doha Dream, but Moonshiner rallied gamely against the rail and a photo finish was needed to separate the pair.
Fabre’s Shamardal colt got the verdict and provided owners Al Shaqab with the perfect start to a big weekend.
Potemkin strikes for Germany in the Prix Dollar
Potemkin provided Germany with a winner on Arc weekend as he claimed the Prix Dollar at Chantilly.
Trained by Andreas Wohler, who is no stranger to winning some of Europe’s biggest races, Potemkin was something of a surprise victor.
Alain de Royer-Dupre’s Zarak was a short price to return to winning ways after chasing home Almanzor earlier in the season, but he was given a lot to do by Christophe Soumillon and he failed to pick up as well as expected.
William Haggas’ Yorker was up there throughout and stuck to his task gamely while Hesham was another in with a chance.
However, once a gap appeared, Potemkin quickened impressively for Eduardo Pedroza to win going away.
Hesham was second, with Zarak only third.