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  • 13:30 Criterium International 7f 209y

  • (Group 1) €250,000 added 2yo 11 ran
  • Winner €143,025 2nd €54,100 3rd €26,875 4th €12,299
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 13:42:23

Fifteen claims Group One prize

Balding runner takes the eye in defeat

Last Updated: 30/10/11 4:15pm

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Andrwe Balding: Trains unlucky Bonfire

Andrwe Balding: Trains unlucky Bonfire

French Fifteen won the Group One Criterium International at Saint-Cloud on Sunday.

Owned by Raymond Tooth, the son of Turtle Bowl finished fast and late to swamp his rivals inside the distance.

He was followed home by Pakal and the luckless Bonfire, Andrew Balding's charge repeatedly denied racing room inside the final two furlngs finishing full of running.

Learn ran well for Aidan O'Brien, going to the front over a furlong out but unable to repel the late thrusts of the principals.

Bonfire is now a 14/1 for the 2000 Guineas with Labdrokes and spokesman Hayley O'Connor said: "Bonfire was unfortunate in the Criterium International but nonetheless, his performance has put him on our radar for the 2000 Guineas where he's currently 14/1."

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