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Jockey Stephane Pasquier celebrates his win for the Prix del la Foret Casino Barriere De Biarritz (group 1) aboard Toylsome
The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, run on the first Sunday in October at Longchamp in Paris is the highlight of the European racing season. Longchamp also hosts a card of stakes races on the Saturday before Arc day, highlighted by the 250,000-euro Prix de la Foret Casino Barriere de Biarritz (G1). A field of 13 older horses sprinted 1400 meters (about 7 furlongs) on the "grande piste" course, with Tariq sent off as the 8-5 favorite over 7-5 second choice Marchand d'Or and 6-1 third choice U.S. Ranger.
Toylsome wins the Prix de la Foret
Jockey Stephane Pasquier celebrates the win while returning aboard Toylsome after the Prix de la Foret. Owner Baron Georg von Ullmann said, "It was a shock but a very positive shock. Pasquier was riding the horse a couple of weeks ago in Cologne where he won very easy and suggested we try him in this big race. It's nice to see such horses can win on Arc weekend. He deserves it. He is a great horse who always tries."
Left: The trophy presentation with jockey Stephane Pasquier and owner Baron Georg von Ullmann. Von Ullman said, "You can't plan too much ahead with a very old man. We will see what he is going to tell us after the race but until now as far as I am concerned he has nothing to prove. Why travel too far if he enjoys it close to Cologne and Munich."
Right: Toylsome unsaddles in the walking ring after the race.
Second place finisher Welsh Emperor in the walking ring before the race. His trainer said, "If you can't win it's pretty good to be second. It's a dream for people like us. It's unbelievable for a small stable like ours to be placed in Group 1 race. The horse is such a star. We'll probably run him again this season as he likes the soft going."
Third place finisher Marchand d'Or returns after the race. His trainer Freddie Head said, "It was funny race and I'm obviously disappointed but we finished best of the good horses. As long as the horse comes out well he will go to Hong Kong."
Coastal Path beats Noble Prince and Royal and Regal to win the Prix Chaudenay Casino Barriere De Menton
Coastal Path in the walking ring before the race. Terry Grimthorpe, racing manager for winning owner Khalid Abdullah (Juddmonte Farms) said, "Four for four (for his career) is very satisfactory. He is still a bit immature but he is certainly going to be a really interesting horse for us next year. He probably won't run again this year. We think he might be a mile and a half type."
Anna Pavlova wins the Prix De Royallieu Hotel Hermitage Barriere
Anna Pavlova and jockey Frankie Dettori return to the walking ring for the trophy presentation. Her trainer Richard Fahey said, "I'm quite pleased, very pleased in fact. To be honest I was expecting that. The filly had been unlucky in the past but everything came right today. She's a legend. I've been keeping her away from fast ground. She'll stay in training next year and we'll pray for soft ground. She might run in Rome (in the Premio Lydia Tesio-G1).
Spirito Del Vento wins the Prix Daniel Wildenstein Castel Marie-louise De La Baule
Spirito Del Vento returns to the barn after the race. Winning trainer Jean-Marie Beguigne said, "The quality of the horse speaks for itself. He has a great acceleration and he showed that today, as he did in the Prix du Chemin de Fer du Nord and when he was a two-year-old. If he is invited, I would like to take him to Hong Kong for the Hong Kong Cup."
Musical Way wins the Prix Dollar Casino Barriere De Montreux
Musical Way in the walking ring before the race. Winning trainer Phillipe van de Poele said, "This is my first Group 2 win, and for (jockey) Roman Thomas too. She did it well today. She might have a break now as she has now won three races in just a month. She also has options in Italy and Hong Kong."
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