Love fades in France
A review of the pick of the action from Maisons-Laffitte in France where a strong raiding party from Britain and Ireland failed to strike.
Last Updated: 06/11/12 3:48pm
Ann Duffield's Melody Of Love faded into fifth in the Prix Miesque at Maisons-Laffitte behind the impressive winner Aquatinta.
Winner of a Group Three at Ayr and a fine fourth in the Rockfel Stakes behind Just The Judge, she appeared to have every chance on entering the final furlong with Eddie Ahern looking confident.
However, she failed to quicken when Olivier Peslier brought Aquatinta with a strong run down the inside and she ran out an impressive winner for Henri-Alex Pantall.
David Evans' Queen Aggie was also unplaced under Wayne Lordan, beaten over four lengths into sixth.
Eddie Lynam's Viztoria suffered her first defeat when second behind Penny's Picnic in the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte.
Viztoria had made a really big impression when bolting up in a Naas maiden in July when trained by Ado McGuinness and was equally impressive on her debut for Lynam in the Listed Blenheim Stakes at the Curragh.
With the testing conditions in France not expected to pose any problems, Viztoria appeared to have every chance of landing a first Pattern-race victory under Johnny Murtagh, but she had to make do with minor honours, beaten a length.
Penny's Picnic had won four of his previous six starts, with his two defeats coming in races won by Clive Cox's leading juvenile Reckless Abandon.
George Baker's Boomshackerlacker was third, with the David Wachman-trained Three Sea Captains fourth.
Admirable sprinter Maarek ran yet another good race but was narrowly denied by Myasun in the Prix de Seine-et-Oise.
David Nagle's pride and joy has enjoyed a superb campaign, with wins in the Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle and the Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh bettered by victory on Champions Day at Ascot.
He was down in class in France but having been outpaced early, as is his wont, he could never quite get on terms under Seamie Heffernan and was beaten half a length by the Maxime Guyon-ridden winner.
Brian Meehan's Ballesteros, John Ryan's Iver Bridge Lad, Hugo Palmer's Khubala, the David Elsworth-trained Swiss Dream and Regal Parade from Milton Bradley's yard were all well held.