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Alain de Royer Dupre: top French trainer is 68 today

Alain de Royer-Dupre: took to have two useful fillies on his hands

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Unbeaten 'Wing takes flight for Royer-Dupre

Report: France, Monday

Saint-Cloud: Prix de Flore (Group 3) 1m2½f, 3yo+ fillies and mares

ALAIN DE ROYER-DUPRE has two serious fillies to look forward to next season on the evidence of a race in which his inmates dominated the finish.

Lil'Wing (Christophe Lemaire) upheld a 100 per cent record at the expense of stablemate La Peinture, who was making her first start since finishing fourth in the Prix Saint-Alary back in May.

"There's no way of knowing her limits, she has a grand physique and she's certainly got talent," Royer-Dupre said of Lil'Wing, who was only seeing a racecourse for the third time. "She had the advantage of two recent runs, whereas we had to stop with La Peinture for two months. The race confirmed what they've shown in the mornings. They've worked together and there isn't much between them."

Royer-Dupre confirmed that both fillies would return at four. Lil'Wing carries the colours of the Wildenstein Family, and Lemaire was never far away from the lead set by Nobilis.

As the field tacked across to the stands rail both Lil'Wing and La Peinture enjoyed clear runs to the line, something that can't be said for Arc fourth Haya Landa, who had to be snatched up by Thierry Thulliez before running on to be sixth.

The Paul Deegan-trained Midnight Sporano missed out on third by just a short neck, while the second Wildenstein runner Andromeda Galaxy finished anther 3½ lengths back in fifth under Tom Queally.

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