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Verema strides to stylish success in stayers' test

Report: France, Saturday

Longchamp: Prix Maurice de Nieuil (Group 2) 1m6f, 4yo+

VEREMA (Alain de Royer-Dupre/Christophe Lemaire) held off the determined late challenge of La Pomme D'Amour to land the most important race of her career to date.

Lemaire sat patiently in third as habitual front-runner Les Beaufs towed the five-strong field along in single file.

Ascot Gold Cup disappointment Last Train was the first to come under pressure and it was Verema who moved smoothly to the front.

Carrying the colours of the late Guy Reed, La Pomme D'Amour closed to within a length but was never able to trouble the winner.

"She has a huge action and she was able to stay very relaxed during the race, which contributed to the way she finished so well," relayed Royer-Dupre. "That relaxation makes all the difference of longer distances. I really don't know where she'll go next. Races like the Gladiateur or the Cadran might not suit her because she doesn't really enjoy soft ground."



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