Moonlight Cloud: is likely to head for the Breeders' Cup Mile nextPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Moonlight Cloud denies Farhh in Moulin
Report: France, Sunday
Longchamp: Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Group 1) 1m, 3yo+
MOONLIGHT CLOUD got the better of Farhh in a thrilling finish to the Moulin, with little more than a neck between the two even-money joint favourites as they battled out the finish.
Farhh, who finished second in a fourth successive Group 1, set a strong pace and kicked early to try and expose the stamina of the Freddie Head-trained filly, who has been racing largely over six and seven furlongs this season and was fourth behind Excelebration in the Prix Jacques le Marois over a mile last month.
But Thierry Jarnet waited with Moonlight Cloud, challenging on the outside and eventually passing Frankie Dettori inside the final furlong as the two eyeballed each other.
Coming off the bend Moonlight Cloud looked in a spot of bother, boxed against the rail in a four-runner race by Caspar Netscher. But Jarnet angled out as they straightened up and his mount instantly pulled upsides Farhh.
Jarnet did not go to his whip until inside the final furlong, and despite winning by a head she was always in command. With wondermare Goldikova recently retired, Head seems to have found a ready-made replacement.
And Head is keen to win the Breeders' Cup Mile with his new superstar, a race Goldikova made her own. He said: "She'll miss the Foret and go to Santa Anita.
"She's a quite extraordinary filly who has evolved. She has a lot of speed and now over a true test at a mile she has reproduced her best running. The other one really fought and she finished really well."
Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said of Farhh: "He’s put up a good effort. The track’s probably a bit quick for him and he may be better over 1m2f but he’s run his heart out."