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Fabre and Guyon double up in Classic trials

Report: France, Sunday

Longchamp: Prix Noailles (Group 2) 1m2f, 3yo colts

The day after White Moonstone was ruled out of the Qipco 1,000 Guineas, Godolphin received a welcome boost when Grand Vent took the Prix Noailles, a major trial for the Prix du Jockey Club.

The son of Shirocco's victory provided the first leg of Group-race double at Longchamp on Sunday for trainer Andre Fabre and jockey Maxime Guyon, who later teamed up again to take the Prix de la Grotte with the impressive filly Golden Lilac.

Sent off 7-2 joint favourite, Grand Vent settled in midfield in the Noailles, behind a sedate pace set by Fabre-trained stablemate Cayman Islands.

Guyon was one of the first at work turning into the straight but once top gear was engaged, Grand Vent lengthened well.

Although the winning margin over one of the early pace-setters Durer was only half a length, it was a comfortable success for a colt who looks sure to stay further.

Guyon was impressed. "He did it very well," said the jockey. "The pacemaker set a sensible pace and he quickened when I asked."

The Prix Hocquart, back at Longchamp on French Guineas day in three weeks' time, looks likely to be Grand Vent's next target.

Also on Sunday

Longchamp: Prix de la Grotte (Group 3) 1m, 3yo fillies

After twice tasting French Classic success last season with Lope De Vega, owners Gestut Ammerland have another exciting prospect to look forward to in the filly Golden Lilac (Andre Fabre/Maxime Guyon).

The daughter of Galileo took her unbeaten record to three in the Grotte, in the process completing a Group-race double for his trainer/jockey partnership, successful earlier with Grand Vent in the Prix Noailles.

Anthony Crastus made a bold bid from the front on Espirita but Guyon moved his mount easily onto the heels of the leaders at the top of the straight, before pulling Golden Lilac wide to deliver her run.

The 21-10 shot scored a shade comfortably by a length and a half over MixedIntention to emulate her dam Grey Lilas, who won the Grotte for the same connections in 2004.

Crispin de Moubray, who looks after the owners' French racing interests, said: "I was delighted by the way the filly won. It would be normal now to run her in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches."

 

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