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Jockey Frankie Dettori celebrates with the trophy for the Prix del la Foret Casino Barriere De Biarritz (group 1) won by Caradak
The highlight of the fall racing season in Europe is the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The Arc is always run on the first Sunday in October, but there are important stakes races over the entire weekend. It is likely that several of the participants at Longchamp this weekend will ship across the Atlantic to Churchill Downs for the Breeders' Cup. Despite rains earlier in the week, sunny skies on Friday helped dry the course back to a rating of "good", ideal conditions for European-style racing. Kicking off the Arc festivities was the Saturday card, which included five Group stakes events.
Caradak gets the win in the Prix de la Foret by a neck over Welsh Emperor and Linngari
A smiling Frankie Dettori comes back after the race aboard Caradak. Simon Crisford, racing manager of winning owner Godolphin said "We're doing well in France this year! He really deserved this victory. He's a better horse over a mile and was given a beautiful ride by Frankie. We will have to think about the Breeder's Cup Mile but we also have Librettist for that race. He looks as though he could be right sort for the Hong Kong Mile. He's been trading at the top level for two seasons now and we're very pleased with him." Jockey Frankie Dettori added, "Despite a bad draw for this course (post 11) we quickly took a good position, which was a good thing considering the lack of pace. He's a tough horse and has confirmed his ability."
Vendangeur on the outside holds off Ponte Tresa to win the Prix Chaudenay Casino Barriere De Menton
Vendangeur returns after winning the Prix Chaudenay. Winning trainer Elie Lellouche said, "It's a long-awaited and much-deserved victory. Stephane rode a great race. This horse has still got potential and he will probably stay in training next year." Jockey Stephane Pasquier added, "I decided to push the button early in the straight because I have always believed that when horses are coming into the straight you should go for it immediately. The horse has got great acceleration and he displayed that today."
Montare gets the nod on the outside over Lahudood in the Prix De Royallieu Hotel Hermitage Barriere
Montare returns after the race. Winning jockey Olivier Peslier said, "She hardly does a thing in training. From riding her in the morning, there is no way you could guess that she could run at this level. I was told how good she is and I've been able to see for myself twice already. She was more outpaced than last time but responded when I asked her to accelerate. Once she had taken advantage she stopped, no doubt thinking that the race was over. The winning post arrived in time. As I had received a fine for whip abuse in the previous race, I stopped using my whip a little early."
Echo of Light wins the Prix Daniel Wildenstein Castel Marie-louise De La Baule over Picaresque Coat
Echo of Light returns after the race. Simon Crisford, racing manager of winning owner Godolphin said, "He's a very talented colt who has taken a long time to grow into his frame. He is still babyish. He is getting better with every race. He settled in well behind today. Frankie is sure that he's better on a left handed track than a right handed track. He'll stay in training next year. He's very powerful and is a son of Dubai Millennium so is an apple of our eye. He was always the favorite of Sheik Mohammed when he bought him as a yearling. We have won five out of five races in France this year and I don't think we'll be running many more."
Soldier Hollow wins the Prix Dollar Casino Barriere De Montreux over Manduro
Soldier Hollow, who was third in the Arlington Million last out, in the "rond de presentation" or walking ring before the race. Winning owner Helmut von Finck said, "It was very hard to beat Manduro, but he's a real fighter and gave everything today. This is my first Group I win in France. It is fantastic to win here on Arc weekend. He might go for the Champion Stakes or the Premio Roma (on Nov 2 in Italy), which he's already won," Winning jockey Olivier Peslier added, "We had a good position in second all the way and my horse was very relaxed. I let him go early on, entering the straight. He never slowed down." Christophe Soumillon aboard beaten favorite Manduro said, "Once again, he finishes like a train but unlucky in running, he was too late. We had a bad draw (the rail) in a slowly run race. We just could not make it."
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