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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

Full result

14:40 Longchamp Result 11th September 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (1) Excelebration (IRE) 8-11 J P Spencer M Botti 3 11/8f
opened 11/8 touched 11/8
2nd (8) Rio de La Plata (USA) 9-2 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 6 14/1
opened 14/1 touched 14/1
3rd (3) ½ Rajsaman (FR) 9-2 Not Specified F Head 4 11/1
opened 11/1 touched 11/1
4th (2) Dubawi Gold 8-11 R Hughes Richard Hannon 3 11/2
opened 11/2 touched 11/2
NR (9) Zoffany (IRE) 8-11 Not Specified A P O'Brien 3
Also Ran: Planteur (IRE) , Handsome Maestro (IRE) , Royal Bench (IRE) , Tin Horse (IRE)

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £3.20 Tote Place: £1.60,1.90,2.50
Straight Forecast: £23.03 Exacta: £22.10

Verdict

The ground, described as soft at the start of racing, was considerably worse by the time this race was run following a deluge of around an hour and a half in length. A smart performance from EXCELEBRATION who gained his first Group One victory at the second attempt having finished third to Frankel in the St James's Palace Stakes on his penultimate outing. A fraction keen under restraint early, he soon settled well in third for Jamie Spencer, sitting around five lengths off Rio De La Plata who raced in second. He gradually made up his ground in the straight before being asked to quicken with around a furlong and a half to run and quickened clear within the final furlong to record a convincing success. He hung to his right towards the rail slightly inside the closing stages but was clear of the runner-up and caused no interference. He has progressed well throughout the season, is versatile with regard to underfoot conditions and is a very smart performer. He could dominate the mile division next term if Frankel is stepped up to ten furlongs although they could clash on Champions Day before the season is out. Rio De La Plata's brace of Group One victories last season were achieved in Italy and he had come up short in the Queen Anne Stakes and Sussex since returning in a Group Three at the Derby meeting. He was well positioned throughout by his jockey who rides this track particularly well and rallied once headed but had no answer to the acceleration of the winner. The Godolphin colt is an admirable sort who hasn't run many bad races in his career but he has proved short of top class since his promising juvenile campaign. Rajsaman was beaten a long way in the Sussex last time but returned to form with a solid performance, making ground from the rear without ever looking capable of challenging the principals; rather like the runner-up, this appears to be as good as he is. Dubawi Gold has twice finished a long way behind Excelebration in the St James's Palace and the Hungerford but connections felt nothing went his way at Newbury and he was below his best at Royal Ascot. They must have been tempted to take him out of the race following the rain and he failed to travel with his usual fluency turning into the straight but he made some ground to finish a respectable fourth. Richard Hughes reported that he ran flat but connections weren't offering any excuses. His season began in March and he's been on the go for a long time but he could have one more outing before being put away. Royal Bench was expected to pose a challenge following an encouraging return to action behind Immortal Verse in the Jacques-le-Marois but he proved most disappointing; it's possible he may have bounced. He was closely matched with Planteur on last month's running but Ellie Lellouches' colt was another to drop away tamely and he still has to prove that the experiment of dropping back to a mile is worth persevering worth. Tin Horse looked a shade unlucky not to finish close in the Jacques-le-Marois after meeting with interference but he made no progress from the rear of the field and was another to fail to fire.