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  • 14:25 Poule D'essai Des Poulains 1m

  • (group 1) €427,185 added 3yo 11 ran
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  • Off time: 14:27:15
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Silver Grabs Longchamp Gold

By Martin Kelly, PA Sport, Paris.   Last Updated: 10/05/09 3:53pm

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Christophe Soumillon - took French 2000 Guineas.

Christophe Soumillon - took French 2000 Guineas.

Silver Frost ran out an impressive winner of the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas) at Longchamp.

Christophe Soumillon brought the Verglas colt with a withering run down the wide outside and he went away to beat Le Havre and Naaqoos comfortably.

Johnny Murtagh did not get a clear run at a crucial stage as Westphalia was engaging top gear and flashed home to claim fourth without ever really looking like winning.

In a twist to the placings, an objection was lodged by Olivier Peslier, rider of Handsome Maestro, to Davy Bonilla on Naaqoos after the latter appeared to come across him in the straight.

The stewards elected to demote Naaqoos to sixth, promoting Westphalia to third.

The Yves de Nicolay-trained Silver Frost has now won six of his nine starts and beat Westphalia last time out when they met in the Prix de Fontainebleau.

There was a strong early gallop set up front but Freddie Head's Naaqoos still ran very keen and did not help his chances at all.

Jim Bolger's Vocalised got worked up a little bit before going into the stalls and Kevin Manning never looked to be happy at any stage.

Ultimately the winner, owned by Harrogate-based businessman John Cotton, looked in a different league as he passed the post with two lengths in hand.

Cotton said: "We've been winning Group Twos and Group Threes without the leading contenders present and today presented his first real test and he has come through it well.

"He's done it brilliantly and I am thrilled, the winning distance was two good lengths and it was a superb ride from Christophe.

"We will have to discuss plans with the trainer but Christophe thinks he could be a French Derby horse.

"It is nice sometimes when the expected results get turned over."

Soumillon said: "I followed the pace and when I pulled him out he has quickened very well.

"He always gives his best and his best attribute is his turn of foot. A strong pace helps him to travel easier and horses like him who have a strong dash need a good pace."

Asked about his prospects of staying the 10-furlong trip in the Prix du Jockey Club, Soumillon added: "Many good milers have run well in the French Derby, Shamardal was a miler and won the race and Natagora last year ran well over the trip."

Aidan O'Brien said of Westphalia: "He's run a good race and was coming home well. It is always good to see horses finishing strongly in their races and he won't mind going further."

Head, speaking before the demotion of Naaqoos, said: "He was a bit keen early on when he was in front but became more relaxed once other horses took up the running.

"Halfway down the straight I thought he might do something but he just died close to the line."

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