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Auteuil

  • 15:10 Grand Course De Haies D'Auteuil 3m 1f 77y

  • (French Champion Hurdle) (Grade 1) €370,000 added 5yo+ 14 ran
  • Winner €211,566 2nd €80,179 3rd €39,811 4th €18,204
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:18:04

Gemix was a ready winner of the French Champion Hurdle

Last Updated: 09/06/13 5:08pm

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Solwhit: Had to settle for second

Solwhit: Had to settle for second

Solwhit had to settle for second in the Grand Course De Haies D'Auteuil as Gemix took the honours in the prestigious event.

For much of the closing stages it appeared as though the Grade One French Champion Hurdle was once again booked for Ireland as Solwhit made smooth progress through the field on to the heels of the leaders.

However, it was not to be as no sooner had Charles Byrnes' charge closed on to the heels of the front-running Gemix, than David Cottin asked his mount to quicken again and the response was immediate.

Solwhit did keep on for a clear second with Zaidpour faring the best of Willie Mullins' trio in third.

Thousand Stars, who had won the last two renewals of this race, moved into a promising position at the top of the straight but could find no more while Celestial Halo, On His Own and Reve de Sivola never looked like playing leading roles.

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