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Longchamp

  • 16:45 Prix De L'Opera 1m 1f 207y

  • (Fillies Group 1) €350,000 added 3yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner €207,164 2nd €79,205 3rd €39,340 4th €18,969
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 2.70s
  • Off time: 16:47:14
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Full result

16:45 Longchamp Result 2nd October 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (1) Nahrain 8-11 L Dettori R Varian 3 10/3
opened 7/2 touched 7/2
2nd (5) nse Announce 9-2 M Guyon A Fabre 4 11/4f
opened 3/1 touched 3/1
3rd (8) Banimpire (IRE) 8-11 K J Manning J S Bolger 3 9/2
opened 9/2 touched 9/2
4th (9) Sandy's Charm (FR) 8-11 O Peslier Francois Rohaut 3 13/2
opened 13/2 touched 13/2
5th (6) Djumama (IRE) 8-11 A Helfenbein A Lowe 3 16/1
opened 14/1 touched 16/1
6th (7) Epic Love (IRE) 8-11 S Pasquier P Bary 3 15/2
opened 15/2 touched 15/2
7th (11) Haya Landa (FR) 8-11 F Blondel Mme L Audon 3 25/1
opened 20/1 touched 25/1
8th (3) Julie's Love 8-11 M Barzalona M Hofer 3 33/1
opened 33/1 touched 33/1
9th (10) Glorious Sight (IRE) 8-11 G Mosse Robert Collet 3 12/1
opened 10/1 touched 12/1
10th (4) Shamardanse (IRE) 8-11 Fx Bertras S Wattel 3 150/1
opened 150/1 touched 150/1
NR (2) I'm A Dreamer (IRE) 9-2 Non Runner D M Simcock 4 f

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £5.60 Tote Place: £2.40,1.50,2.60
Straight Forecast: £12.43 Exacta: £14.00

Verdict

A poignant victory and a first Group One success for Roger Varian with NAHRAIN who took the step up in class from Listed level in her stride to take her career record to four out of four. She had to work hard for success as well having been caught in a pocket in the straight but she showed a good attitude in amidst rivals and stuck her head down to win a protracted duel on the nod on her first run beyond a mile. Connections will now head home to discuss her future and it has to be entirely possible that she will be off to the paddocks having gained an all important top-level success. Announce already had a win at this level to her name having beaten Timepiece on her previous outing in the Prix Jean Romanet; she was produced to have every chance and ran right up to her best. Banimpire has been on the go all season and had a remarkable time of things but had run a rare bad race on her previous start in the Yorkshire Oaks. She returned to form, producing a typically game performance but was no match for the two fillies who finished in front of her having got first run and falls just short of this level. Sandy's Charm has progressed well since making her debut in March and she kept on steadily on her first run beyond a mile but was readily outpaced by the principals. This was just the sixth start of her career and she may have further improvement in her if returning next year. She just held off the challenges of Djumama and Epic Love in a race dominated by those that raced on the pace. The former has held her form well since winning the German Guineas in May and had finished second to Dancing Rain in the German Oaks; this was another solid performance but her best chance of winning at this level may be on her domestic scene as long as she can avoid Danedream. Epic Love carried a large reputation at the start of the season but had proved largely disappointing; this was much more like it and she may yet be able to fulfil her initial promise next season if kept in training as a number of her sire's progeny tend to improve with age.