Stewards decide in favour of Shemima in Lutece
REPORT: FRANCE, Friday
Longchamp: Prix de Lutece (Group 3) 3yo, 1m 7f
IN a dramatic end to the Group 3 Prix de Lutece, first-past-the-post Americain was demoted and the Aga Khan's Shemima was called the victor.
Americain was asked to make most of the early running but Olivier Peslier had a problem in the straight as the colt hung left even though his jockey had his whip in the correct hand.
The pair eventually ended up in the middle of the track three-parts of a length ahead of the Christophe Soumillon-ridden Shemima, and Peslier did his best to keep Americain straight but was not given any sanctions by the stewards.
Winning trainer, Alain de Royer-Dupre, said: "She stayed well and will now run in the Prix de Royallieu- we have a very good generation of fillies in France this year."
The favourite Watar finished an unlucky third having had to be checked when trying to make aforward move at the entrance to the straight.
Andrew Balding-trained Donegal was given every chance by William Buick but he faded in the straight to finish fifth and was finally beaten nearly nine lengths.
Donegal is now set fora spell over hurdles. "He ran well but couldn't manage to quicken in the straight," said Buick.