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Don Basco's owner Omar Sharif was pleased to see him back over a mile

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Don Bosco lands Muguet in tight three-way finish

Report: France, Wednesday

Saint-Cloud: Prix du Muguet (Group 2) 1m, 4yo+

DAVID SMAGA was left battered but proud after Don Bosco kept up his fine record at Saint-Cloud under a tenacious drive from Gregory Benoist.

Smaga was left with blood streaming from a cut on the bridge of his nose sustained while watching the desperate finish unfold through his binoculars.

"The line wouldn't come quick enough," he joked after Don Bosco repelled the late thrusts of Sarkilya and Sofast. "He deserves a Group 1 and hopefully he'll get it," said Smaga.

Legendary actor Omar Sharif was on hand to greet his hero and revealed: "I'm pleased to see him back over 1,600m [1m] because his last two races were over 2,000m [1m2f] and I always think that's a little far for him."

The form of Don Bosco's second behind Maxios over the longer trip was boosted by events in the Prix Ganay on Sunday and Smaga offerred to meet Sharif in the middle at 1,850m, a reference to the Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp later in the month.

"We'll see how he get's on in that before thinking about Ascot," added Smaga. "He's in the Queen Anne but a straight mile on fast ground might be a bit sharp for him."

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