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Longchamp

  • 13:00 Qatar Prix Foy 1m 3f 204y

  • (4yo Group 2 Stakes) €130,000 added 4yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner €83,044 2nd €25,714 3rd €12,857 4th €6,409
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
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Full result

13:00 Longchamp Result 11th September 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (2) Sarafina (FR) 8-12 C P Lemaire A de Royer-Dupre 4 4/6f
opened 8/11 touched 8/11
2nd (1) Hiruno D'Amour (JPN) 9-2 S Fujita M Kon 4 9/1
opened 9/1 touched 9/1
3rd (4) St Nicholas Abbey (IRE) 9-2 C Soumillon A P O'Brien 4 10/3
opened 10/3 touched 10/3
Also Ran: Nakayama Festa (JPN)

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.70
Straight Forecast: £6.83 Exacta: £5.10

Verdict

A narrow success but a terrific performance from ante-post Arc favourite SARAFINA who gained a narrow verdict over Japanese challenger Hiruno D'Amour. Alain de Royer-Dupre had warned that his star filly would be short of her best as she was prepared for next month's showpiece but she showed terrific heart to put her head in front. Held-up in rear off an initially strong pace, she was still in last spot with a furlong to run and Christophe Lemaire opted to try and challenge between horses rather than switch to the outside. She showed her trademark turn of foot and had to be brave to force her way past Hiruno d'Amour where there was barely a gap for her to go through but did so and appeared to win a shade cosily. Her style of running will ensure that she will always be a hostage of fortune and she enjoyed little luck in the Arc 12 months ago but there's no doubting that she has the ability to run a huge race if the cards fall right. Recent history doesn't offer much encouragement with the last nine winners of this race going on to be beaten in the Arc although three defeated horses have gone on to victory. Hiruno D'Amour attracted support prior to the race and the Japanese challenger ran a big race on his first start since winning a Grade One over two miles in May. That success in the prestigious Tenno Sho (spring) was the biggest of his career to date and his fourth victory in 14 starts with his first graded win coming on his previous outing. He's clearly progressive and this outing should have brought him on for next month's challenge. St Nicholas Abbey was awash with sweat despite the damp and blustery conditions in France. He soon went in pursuit of the strong early pace and was perfectly positioned but lacked the turn of foot of the principals. He was slightly interfered with as the field tightened up inside the distance but it made no difference to his finishing position. This was another respectable run following his third in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes but he looks like coming up short against the very best at this level and connections have So You Think for next month's contest if choosing to take that route. Nakayama Festa - second in last year's Arc - adopted different tactics than when beaten in this race 12 months ago and was soon rousted along into the lead before slowing the pace down. He was still in front inside the furlong and this first outing since being injured in the Japan Cup in November will have blown away the cobwebs; this was a decent prep for his attempt to go one better.