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Longchamp - Oct 09

Longchamp: staged two Classic trials on Sunday afternoon 

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Kenhope lives up to faithfull Pantall's belief

Report: France, Sunday

Longchamp: Prix de la Grotte (Group 3) 1m, 3yo fillies

KENHOPE (Henri-Alex Pantall/Thierry Jarnet) upet some tall reputations and justified the faith of her trainer when running out winner of this key Classic trial by a lenth from a trio of rivals.

Jarnet wasn't able to settle the daughter of Kendargent early on and in the holding ground she did well to pick up her rivals.

"She showed extraordinary acceleration at Saint-Cloud and she's repeated that here at Longchamp," said Pantall, who campaigned Kenhope in the style of a good horse last autumn. 

He added: "She definitely needs pace in her races, because if they go a little faster she relaxes more."

Another not to be suited by the early crawl was Prix Marcel Boussac runner-up Topaze Blanche, who briefly sat down in the stalls and then pulled extremely hard for Olivier Peslier before putting in good work close home.

Carlos Laffon Parias said: "She'll have learnt from that and I was happy that she got involved at the finish. The objective remains the Poule d'Essai in three or four weeks and she'll come on for this. Olivier wasn't too hard on her."

Francois Doumen was also delighted with Dauphine Russe in fourth, and predicted that "on soft ground she will be a serious filly in the autumn."


Also on Sunday

Longchamp: Prix de Fontainebleau (Group 3) 1m, 3yo colts

The early pace was far more generous than in the fillies' trial half an hour earlier and it was Gengis (Georges Doleuze/Stephane Pasquier) who came late to swamp the tiring pair of US Law and Morandi.

Doleuze is a veteran of the training ranks and no stranger to upsetting the odds, having sent out Dunette to sink future Arc heroine Three Troikas in the 1979 Prix de Diane.

"It's magical," said a breathless Doleuze, who is also father of jockey Olivier.

Gengis was last seen winning a 6f Listed race at Fontainebleau in November but will now attempt classic glory in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains in a month's time.

Last season's top-rated French juvenile Morandi stayed on for second without really being able to quicken but, despite having already won over 1m2f at two, connections remain fixed on the French Guineas as well.

"He blew up a bit 100m from the line and he needed it," said Marc Sillam, racing manager to Daniel-Yves Treves. "The Poule d'Essai will be next."

It was a similar story from Pascal Bary, trainer of US Law.

"He's been third in a Group 1 and he's run a good comeback here so it'll be the Poule d'Essai next," said the trainer, who earlier on the card sent out a pair of eyecatching maiden winners in Spiritjim and Venteuse.

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