Brundtland gets Godolphin off to a flyer on Arc Weekend

Brundtland passes Lillian Russell in the Prix Chaudenay

The unbeaten Brundtland showed guts and class to fight back and land the Group Two Qatar Prix Chaudenay at ParisLongchamp.

The Charlie Appleby colt set the pace for much of the race, tracked by Mystic Sunshine and Ziyad, but was under pressure entering the home straight.

Godolpohin’s other runner Lillian Russell went on and perhaps went a length up. However, William Buick kept his cool and had more underneath him, as Brundtland, the recent Prix Niel winner, fought back to win a shade cosily.

Lillian Russell made it a Godolphin one-two, with My Swashbuckler staying on for third.

Alignement comes late to win the Prix Dollar

Alignement beats Loxley and Fabricate in the Qatar Prix Dollar

Alignement was given a patient ride and delivered with perfect timing by Maxime Guyon, to land the Group Two Qatar Prix Dollar at ParisLongchamp.

Nine went to post for this 9 ½ furlong contest and it was soon Knight To Behold who took them along at a good clip.

However, he was soon engulfed in the home straight as Loxley and Fabricate made their bids for glory.

But from further back, Guyon had all moves covered and when he asked Alignement for effort, the response was there.

The Carlos Laffon-Parias trained charge showed good acceleration down the outside to collar Loxley, with Fabricate third.

Ostilio impresses in the Prix Daniel Wildenstein

Ostilio beats Oh This Is Us in the Qatar Prix Daniel Wildenstein

Ostilio led home a British clean sweep in the Group Two Qatar Prix Daniel Wildenstein at ParisLongchamp.

The imposing Hey Gaman was up with the early pace but soon joined and passed by Ostilio and Andrea Atzeni.

Turning for home, the order remained unchanged, with Oh This Is Us coming wide but beginning a challenge, along with Plumatic.

However, Ostilio found plenty for pressure and asserted in the latter stages to beat Oh This Is Us by 1 ¾ lengths, with Hey Gaman taking third place.

The Simon Crisford trained Ostilio, had been successful at Royal Ascot earlier in the year.

Call The Wind blows away Prix du Cadran rivals

Call The Wind (white) beats Holdthasigreen in the Qatar Prix du Cadran

Call The Wind was produced late and had plenty of reserves to see off Holdthasigreen in the Group One Qatar Prix du Cadran.

Eight lined up for this 2 ½ mile contest.

Old favourite Mille Et Mille, made a spirited bid to make all, but was usurped by Holdthasigreen at around halfway.

The German runner still led turning for home, with Morgan Le Faye challenging and Call The Wind and Aurelien Lemaitre starting to close.

Call The Wind hit the front with a furlong to run, with Holdthasigreen keeping on at the one pace and Morgan Le Faye unable to find any more.

At the line, Call The Wind was still 1 ¼ lengths up on Holdthasigreen.

Princess Yaiza wins a thriller for the Prix de Royallieu

Princess Yaiza repels Palombe and Shahnaza in the Prix de Royallieu
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Gavin Cromwell enjoyed a huge day on the flat as his filly Princess Yaiza got the best of a thrilling argument to the concluding Group Two Qatar Prix de Royallieu at Paris Longchamp.

Six fillies went to post for this 1 ½ mile and half a furlong contest, with Maroubra taking the field along at a pedestrian pace.

She was still to the fore approaching the final furlong, where the dash was on in earnest.

Princess Yaiza and Andrea Atzeni hit the front and were immediately pressed by Palombe and the fast finishing Shahnaza.

But the Cromwell filly prevailed by a short neck from Palombe.

Master Brewer on top in the Criterium for the Arqana October yearling sale

Master Brewer wins at ParisLongchamp

Master Brewer was another British-trained winner on the Paris-Longchamp card, as he landed the second edition of the Haras de Bouquetot – Criterium of the Arqana October yearling Sale.

With a stylish finish, Edinson (Diamod Green) came to snatch second place from La Yaki (Makfi).

Master Brewer, trained by Michael Bell, had not run since the end of July. He finished fourth in a Listed at Ascot, after having opened his scorecard for his second outing to Newmarket. The horse was sold at the Arqana October yearling sale (Sine qua non condition for entering in this race) for 85,000€. He was presented by Coulonces Sales and was sold to Alex Elliott.

He made the most of his good draw on the inside to travel in fourth position on the heels of the leader, Ticklish. Pulling out 2 furlongs from the post, he gained ground with ease before changing legs at 300m and winning a shade cosily.

Edinson broke well, and came with his run in the home straight, claiming second place.

Winning trainer, Michael Bell, said: “He travelled well and wore blinkers which helped him. Last time, he was a bit too fresh. He has improved from his last performance. He is very talented, we have always loved him a lot. He will definitely come back to France for the Owners Premiums next year.”

Richard Chotard, trainer of runner-up Edinson, commented: “I thought he had a good chance today. I forgot his races at Borély : I don’t think he likes Marseille. Maybe it’s the distance of 1600m which he doesn’t like at Borély, with the sharp corner. Every time, he has ears flat back. At Vichy, he won the whole race. Today, he was fighting for the win. I don’t know what is next to come. I have always liked this horse. There is a Listed but it’s at Marseille… On the other hand, it is over 2000m, so maybe that will suit him better!”

Al Shamoos routed her rivals under Christophe Soumillon, in the Qatar Arabian Trophy for Fillies.

Al Shamoos dots up in the Arabian Race

The Qatar Grand Handicap des Juments was won in gritty fashion by Lady Sidney, from Magic Song.

Lady Sidney wins the Handicap



Enable makes it back to back victories in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Enable just holds on from Sea Of Class in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
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Enable added her name to an illustrious role of honour, of horses to win two Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphes.

The John Gosden trained filly emulated Treve, by kicking for home early in the straight and just holding on from the late finishing Sea Of Class.

A field of 19 went to post and as the gates opened, it was clear that the Aidan O’Brien horses were out to fully test the mettle of the reigning champion, who had raced just once since her famous Chantilly win, a year earlier.

Nelson was bustled up into the lead, followed through by Capri, with Enable sat just in behind these, while Andrea Atzeni, plotted a wide course, clear of the rest of the field, on Defoe.

Defoe moved across to join the leaders at the Petit Bois, with Nelson still ahead of Capri and Hunting Horn not far off the pace. Meanwhile, James Doyle sat stone last aboard Sea Of Class.

Heading down the false straight, Nelson still held the call from Capri, with Defoe third and then the Japanese runner Clincher, followed by Enable.

Enable beating Sea Of Class
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Into the home straight, Nelson was still in front, with Capri perfectly poised, if good enough.

At the two furlong pole, Nelson finally gave way, but Capri was under pressure as he hit the front and alongside him, Frankie Dettori sat patiently on Enable.

Further back, Cloth Of Stars was making progress, but Sea Of Class was still behind horses as she closed.

With 1 ½ furlongs to race, Dettori asked Enable for her effort and she quickly took two lengths out of the field.

Capri had no more to offer and Cloth Of Stars was one-paced, as Sea Of Class finally found room and closed.

Late on, Sea Of Class’s momentum took her closer as Enable began to bottom out, but as they flashed past the post, the latter still had the lead and James Doyle’s effort came agonisingly close. Cloth Of Stars and Waldgeist finished to some effect in an Andre Fabre three-four.

Enable is now the eighth horse to have won the Arc twice. Lanfranco Dettori takes home his sixth Arc win, an unbeaten record, whereas owner Prince Khaleed Abdullah joins Marcel Boussac with his sixth success.

Frankie Dettori gives thanks aboard Enable
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John Gosden, successful with Golden Horn in 2015, has now won three of the last four Arcs.

He said: “It’s been a nightmare year, it’s not easy when they go lame and they go off a long time as she was, but the vets did a brilliant job. She has a fantastic mind, she’s a real competitor. It’s like being a football manager with someone who goes out there and gives you 100 percent and you can build a team around them, she’s one of those. She came back at Lingfield and you bounce off the surface there, it’s not exactly a normal preparation for the Arc. You’re not meant to come into the Arc off one run on the all weather.

“I had a little hiccup with her temperature between Kempton and here, but she’s come here today and Frankie said she wasn’t at her best but did all the work. He rode her well.

“Aidan was right about the pace, he made it a test of stamina and the way it was run tested her fitness to the umpteenth degree, and the last hundred meters were an eternity for myself, the jockey and the filly.

“However, for the final analysis, it’s down to the filly and her owner and breeder, Prince Khalid Abdullah, who has bred such a filly and he’s here today to see his filly win yet another Arc.”

William Haggas (trainer of Sea of Class, 2nd)

“I think many people will look back on it and say that the draw did not help us. I don’t want to be ungrateful or unsporting. John’s filly is a marvellous filly, and she has won the Arc, not us. Not many win two Arcs. Let’s hope we can put it right next year and that John retires Enable! I haven’t discussed bringing back Sea of Class for the Arc next year with her owner but I hope so and expect so.”

Christopher Tsui (owner of Sea of Class, 2nd)

“She was fabulous. In the home straight, we didn’t think we stood a chance. The way she finished, it was simply incredible! James rode her superbly. He lost a lot of weight to ride her today. We are very happy with the result. It’s too early to discuss her future but we will be thinking of it this evening, over a glass of champagne.”

Lily’s Candle burns brightest in the Prix Marcel Boussac

Lily’s Candle (right) lands the Prix Marcel Boussac from Matematica and Star Terms

Bought Saturday evening during the Arqana Arc sale for 490.000 €, Lily’s Candle (Style Vendôme) was quick to reward her new owner, Martin Schwartz by winning the Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac – Critérium for fillies.

The filly, her trainer Fabrice Vermeulen’s first Group One, travelled in the rear end of the pack and squeezed through on the inside of the home straight. She battled for the win and hit the post a shade cosily of Matematica (Rock of Gibraltar), who was on her second time out. Star Terms (Sea The Stars) came a close third.

Lily’s Candle had just finished fourth at the Prix La Rochette against the colts, after having won the Prix des Jouvenceaux et Jouvencelles.

Fabrice Vermeulen, the winning trainer, commented: “I was calm throughout the race. We rode her for a place. We wanted to be placed in a Group One … but she surprised us. She had a good run and finished with style. A great race for our first Group One win. It makes up for the hard work of the team.”

Carlos Laffon-Parias (trainer of Matematica, 2nd), said: “I think highly of this filly so I didn’t hesitate to run her in this Group One. Her owners have always agreed on this decision and I am lucky to be working with them. Today, I thought the job was done but it all fell apart. Experience is important at this level and Matematica isn’t at the same levels as the other runners. She paid for this at the end.”

Richard Hannon (trainer of Star Terms, 3rd), added: “We are delighted. She didn’t have the best trip but held on till the post. We will see about our next steps but it is likely that she’ll take a break before the Guineas. We are a bit frustrated but happy.”

Royal Marine outguns his rivals in the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere

Royal Marine beats Broome in the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere
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Royal Marine proved inexperience was no barrier as he impressively won the Group One Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere at ParisLongchamp.

Broome took the field of six along for much of the race, but was no match for Royal marine in the home straight.

The representative of Godolphin won the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère and proved to be courageous. Broome maintained the second place in front of the French contender Anodor (Anodin), who couldn’t show his turn of foot on this occasion.

Royal Marine had won well at Doncaster on his only previous start and winning trainer Saeed bin Suroor, said afterwards:

“He is a big horse with plenty of action. He travelled well today. I asked the jockey to go in front, even though the field was very small. On the last two furlongs I was sure he is going to win. The soft ground helped him. The options in the future remain open, we will discuss with the owner. He could go towards the Guineas next year.”

Aidan O’Brien (trainer of Broome, 2nd) said: “He ran very well even though he is immature. He is a horse for next year. We could direct him towards the classic path. No Breeder’s Cup for him, he will have a break now. We are very happy with the start of the progeny of Australia and looking forward to see what the years to come will bring. Broome has a superb action and had plenty of gas to finish his race.”

Freddy Head (trainer of Anodor, 3rd) remains confident that his charge has more to come: “When the others accelerated he had hard time following them. But he stayed on and finished well. I was happy with the end of the race and he finished with plenty of resources. He is still an unexposed horse, he needs to mature and he hasn’t finish his growth quite yet. He hasn’t had to fight like this before, and he will surely progress with time. We will see him next year, certainly over mile to start with, but there are no reasons why he couldn’t stay longer after.”

Richard Hannon (trainer of Boitron, 4th), also retains faith in his charge: “Boitron raced very well. He behaved well and today was a bit of a cherry on the cake in the end of the season. We think highly of this colt with regards of next year.”

Wild Illusion lands the Qatar Prix de l’Opera

Wild Illusion wins the Qatar Prix de l’Opera

Wild Illusion returned to action on Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and made it back to back wins on Europe’s biggest race day, as she landed the Group One Qatar Prix de l’Opera, at ParisLongchamp.

The daughter of Dubawi had given plenty of problems at the stalls, before consenting to loading.

Rhododendron took the field along, but weakened out of contention.

Her stablemate Magic Wand appeared the likely winner, but in the final, furlong and a half, William Buick began his challenge on Wild Illusion, who overpowered her rival close home, with Homerique coming home third.

Wild Illusion found her preferred distance over ten furlongs and could now head towards Breeders’ Cup Fillies and Mares Turf.

Winning trainer, Charlie Appleby, bringing up a Godolphin double on the card, said afterwards:

“That was a brilliant race. She is a very tough filly. We tried 2400m in the Oaks, but she was disappointing and her preferred distance is definitely 2000m. I thought she looked magnificent in the parade ring. William rode her with plenty of confidence. She never gives up. This has always been her objective since the Nassau Stakes. She should run the Breeder’s Cup Fillies and Mares.”

Aidan O’Brien (trainer of Magic Wand, 2nd), commented:

“She ran really well like in most of her outings this year. I am not sure she will run again this year. The options are open, but we will have to see how she comes out from this race.”

Francis-Henri Graffard (trainer of Homérique, 3rd ), said:

“We wanted the jockey to ride her “off”. When the winner accelerated, our filly lost her rhythm and the jockey respected her. She ran well and finished with good action. She will finish her season with this race. My Sister Nat surprised her jockey Mickael Barzalona in the start and she had hard time following the rhythm of the race. She confirms her quality after all.”

Mabs Cross leaves it late to win the Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye

Mab’s Cross wins the Prix de l’Abbaye
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Mabs Cross weaved a way through and was delivered late by Gerald Mosse, to land the Group One Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp.

Defending champion Battaash was soon blazing a trail, with the two year old Soldier’s Call for company.

Inside the final furlong, the pair were still battling it out towards the stands side, but the significant action was unfolding in the centre of the course, where Mabs Cross and Gold Vibe both finished fast.

Mabs Cross, second in the Nunthorpe Stakes, got the better of the finish to deny Gold Vibe close to the line, with Soldier’s Call just denying Battaash for third.

Michael Dods, trainer of Mabs Cross, had also trained that flying filly Mecca’s Angel. He commented: “We were very disappointed to have got beaten at York {Nunthorpe Stakes} but she turned in another good performance. Our first two choice
riders have been sidelined through injury and Gérald Mosse took over in the saddle. He went about his task with a lot of confidence!”

Pascal Bary was very happy with the run of runner-up Gold Vibe: “He’s a very good sprinter and was unlucky last time out. Today, he ran a blinder. He finished second yet again – and that’s the eighth time that he has been runner-up. He’s a real 1,000m horse and loves ParisLongchamp. The race panned out well for him. Sometimes he is well within himself, and other occasions this isn’t the case, although he was on a going day today. He may race abroad at the end of the year.”

Archie Watson was extremely proud of the performance of Soldier’s Call: “One can only be proud of the colt. He’s only a two-year-old and only got beaten in the final strides, having raced upsides a champion sprinter that is Battaash. I may give the impression of being disappointed as we were beaten by small margins – but it’s a great performance. I hope that it is the sign of things to come.

“He’s a well-made colt with a lot of pace – and is one who will be campaigned over 1,000m next year. It’s not impossible that he will contest the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint which could be his last race of the season. We will see how he recovers.”

Charlie Hills was left scratching his head somewhat, after the run of Battaash: “He finished close up {in fourth) but I don’t know why he didn’t get home. We will take him home and check him out with a view to roughing him off for the rest of the season. He didn’t give the impression of being able to dominate.”

One Master brings solace for Haggas

One Master (right) beats Inns Of Court and Dutch Connection in the Prix de la Foret

One Master gave a frustrating Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe afternoon a nice after taste for William Haggas, as she overhauled Inns Of Court and Dutch Connection late on, to land the Group One Qatar Prix de la Foret.

James Garfield took the fifteen horses along and was still in front with two furlongs to race.

Polydream had bad luck in running and it was Dutch Connection who came through with Inns Of Court, in what looked likely to deliver a Godolphin treble on the card.

However, Pierre-Charles Boudot produced One Master down the outside, a la Sea Of Class – only this time, the run was timed to perfection, as the filly mowed down Inns Of Court late on.

William Haggas, winning trainer said: “She is a very smart, and very attractive filly who has won over 1,200m in the past. She had a strong win in Ireland. Today was a bit harder, but
her jockey rode her well. We kept her in training with the idea of her winning a good race and she has run well in a Group One. Now we need to think about her next steps. This win is special to me because I trained both her mother and grandmother.”

Lisa-Jane Graffard (manager of the Godolphin stable in France, 2nd with Inns of Court), said: “We can’t be disappointed because he ran so well. He backs up his last good performance, coming third, in the Qatar Prix du Pin, there isn’t much left to say. He is a good ground horse who doesn’t like extreme conditions, so he was happy today.”

Charles Hills (trainer of Dutch Connection, 3rd), said: “I couldn’t be happier with the performance of the horse. The jockey was unlucky not to find an opening. He finished very well. This is surely the best performance in his career.”

Aidan O’Brien (trainer of Gustav Klimt, 4th), was equally pleased: “We are very happy with his performance. He was beaten by three good horses. For his next outing we might consider Breeders’ Cup Mile. We will think about it.”

Polish runner Fazza Al Khalediah storms to Qatar Arabian World Cup glory

Fazza Al Khalediah storms to Qatar Arabian World Cup victory at ParisLongchamps

Fazza Al Khalediah (Jalnar Al Khalediah) staged a big upset win in The Qatar Arabian World Cup.

Very well drawn, the Polish raider bided his time before making headway on the inside. He then quickened clear in the straight to record an easy victory at the main expense of the French-trained Khataab (Amer) and the Qatari raider Ebraz (Amer).

Trained by Michal Borkowski, the four-year-old had only previously beaten once! Prior to that he record nine consecutive wins.

The trainer said afterwards, “The success is all down to the horse. He’s the best {PA} horse in the world. It’s the first big international victory for Polish {PA} racing since the end of the Second World War. My team has done an extraordinary job.”