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Longchamp

  • 13:30 Qatar Prix Niel 1m 3f 204y

  • (3yo Group 2 Stakes) €130,000 added 3yo 6 ran
  • Winner €83,044 2nd €25,714 3rd €12,857 4th €6,409
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 13:30:49

Full result

13:30 Longchamp Result 11th September 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (3) Reliable Man 9-2 G Mosse A de Royer-Dupre 3 5/2
opened 5/2 touched 5/2
2nd (5) 2 Meandre (FR) 9-2 M Guyon A Fabre 3 Evsf
opened evs touched evs
3rd (2) Vadamar (FR) 9-2 C P Lemaire A de Royer-Dupre 3 13/2
opened 13/2 touched 13/2
Also Ran: King Of Arnor , Nakayama Knight (JPN) , Colombian (IRE)

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £3.40 Tote Place: £1.20,1.10
Straight Forecast: £5.09 Exacta: £7.00

Verdict

RELIABLE MAN completed a double for Alain de Royer-Dupre with a convincing success from favourite Meandre in the premier trial for the Arc with 12 horses having gone on to complete the double. Gerald Mosse had blamed himself for the Prix du Jockey Club winner's defeat at the hands of Meandre in the Grand Prix de Paris, believing that he had his colt too far back from the pace. He adopted a more prominent position on this occasion and the response was instantaneous as he quickened clear to record an impressive success to land his fourth race from just five starts. This was his first victory over a mile and a half, he got the trip well and it should be all systems go for the Arc for which his price was, predictably, slashed as he attempts to be the first horse to complete the Niel/Arc double since Rail Link in 2006; connections expect him to come on for this race. Meandre merited favouritism following his victory in the Grand Prix de Paris although there were concerns about the form of his stable which had endured a miserable August with a virus affecting the yard although they were obviously hopeful that Meandre had escaped. Whether anything comes to light after this race remains to be seen but the turn of foot that he had displayed last time out was absent and he looked a little laboured in making up his ground. He has a very different profile to the winner and has taken some time to find his form but has progressed rapidly this season. This is clearly a blow to his Arc credentials and, indeed, he would need to be supplemented for the race in which his trainer would have been represented by Pour Moi but for injury. Vadamar had finished behind Pour Moi in two starts since making a winning reappearance and was having his first start since the Derby where conditions were on the sharp side for him. He was a little short of room in the straight and wasn't given too hard a time in behind and the run should bring him on. He remains open to improvement at this trip which he appeared to be crying out for earlier in the season and the possibility of soft conditions in the autumn and a stronger pace would be in his favour. He clearly needs to improve but both Bergo in 2004 and Peintre Celebre in 1997 were beaten here before winning the following month. Colombian is a solid yardstick and ran his usual solid race for connections on his first run over a mile and a half. He looks fully capable of winning an average Group Two contest and is still relatively unexposed after seven starts. Nakayama Knight - fourth in the Japanese Derby - has won three of his nine starts in Japan at up to nine furlongs so had to prove himself over this longer trip. He made little impression from the rear and has it all to prove in terms of the Arc.