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Longchamp

  • 14:40 Qatar Prix Du Moulin De Longchamp 7f 209y

  • (3yo Group 1 Stakes) €450,000 added 3yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner €287,460 2nd €89,010 3rd €44,505 4th €22,185
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 14:42:55

Excelebration time in Moulin

Frankel rematch now on the cards

Last Updated: 11/09/11 3:31pm

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Excelebration: Claimed first Group One win at Longchamp

Excelebration: Claimed first Group One win at Longchamp

Excelebration claimed a first Group One win in the Qatar Prix du Moulin at Longchamp.

Marco Botti's rising star was partnered for the first time by Jamie Spencer and was keen through the early stages.

However he soon settled in third place as Handsome Maestro cut out the early running on soft ground.

The rain continued to fall throughout the contest but the winner made light of the conditions, quickening smartly to reel-in Rio De La Plata, who raced second throughout, and go to the front.

The Godolphin runner tried to rally but had to settle for the runner-up berth for the second successive season with Rajsaman, last of four behind Frankel in the Sussex Stakes last time, faring best of the home team in third.

"He'll either have to face Frankel or Goldikova, but he deserves the chance to step up to another level."
Marco Botti Quotes of the week

Dubawi Gold was dropped out at the rear of the field by Richard Hughes and came through for fourth without being able to land a blow.

Aidan O'Brien's Zoffany was a non-runner.

Two options

Botti said: "I was a bit worried about the ground, but he got away with it. "He's got two options now either going to Ascot (for the QEII) or to the Breeders' Cup and it's up to the owners to decide.

"He'll either have to face Frankel or Goldikova, but he deserves the chance to step up to another level."

Beaten Horses

Rio De La Plata's trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: "He ran a good race. At lunchtime I was really pleased with the ground and then it rained.

"If it had been better ground he would have finished closer. We'll find another race for him somewhere."

Richard Hannon junior, whose father Richard Hannon, trains the fourth home Dubawi Gold, said: "Hughesie (Richard Hughes) felt he ran a bit flat.

"He won his Group Two (Celebration Mile) really well and obviously there is a difference between a Group Two and a Group One and the winner is a very good horse.

"We'll give him another run in the autumn and then finish him off for the season."

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