Group 1s now for Dallas Affair as First Sitting suffers in Paris rush hour
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Dallas Affair gave a timely boost for the combination of George Strawbridge, Freddy Head and Aurelien Lemaitre, a week ahead of With You's challenge for the Prix de Diane Longines.
The Chris Wall-trained First Sitting was struck into during a race which got messy in behind during the closing stages, but Lemaitre's patience paid off as Dallas Affair came from last turning in and, aided by the open stretch cutaway rail, threaded a passage up the inside.
Head said: "Aurelien took his time. This filly has made enormous progress from three to four and has a real turn of foot. She could run in a race like the Prix Rothschild back down at 1600 metres [a mile]."
It was a welcome result for Lemaitre, who has experienced a frustrating spring after a fall at Maisons-Laffitte cost him several weeks at a key juncture of the season.
"He was out for a while with a fracture [of the elbow] and being a jockey is very much all about confidence," said Head.
First Sitting was done no favours as Master's Spirit began a barging match with Haggle on his inner.
"He's been struck into and it's quite a nasty cut on his hind leg," said Wall. "Gerald [Mosse] said he got quite unbalanced at the end of the false straight, so I think something ran up the back of him which hasn't helped."
Mickael Barzalona was handed an eight-day ban by the stewards for dangerous riding aboard Master's Spirit, a suspension which begins the day after Royal Ascot and which rules him out of the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.
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