Haggas-trained One Master lands historic hat-trick in Prix de la Foret
One Master became the first triple winner of the Group 1 Prix de la Foret coming with a sustained effort to run down Earthlight in the final strides.
Successful in 2018 and 2019 for trainer William Haggas, owners Gretchen and Roy Jackson and jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot, One Master was once again in front where it mattered in a race that suits her better than any other.
Three horses stood out before the race and it was clear as the contest developed that it would be Earthlight, Safe Voyage and One Master, and they fought out the finish as they travelled through the race with superior class.
Earthlight, who had been taken to the lead in decisive fashion by Mickael Barzalona, kicked from the front and found generously as Safe Voyage pressed him hard on the outside, while Boudot weaved his way through the gaps on One Master as they appeared.
Side-by-side, One Master and Earthlight both gave their all with the race only settled in the final few yards as the mare grabbed her third Foret win, becoming the first horse to do so.
Boudot said: "I was very confident as the pacemaker made a strong race and One Master was very relaxed behind them. When I asked her she was very strong in the last furlong. I love her. Hopefully we'll be able to come back for four in a row."
Wooded holds off British sprinters Glass Slippers and Liberty Beach in Abbaye
Wooded became the first French-trained winner of the Prix de l'Abbaye since 2012, and only the third this century, as he held off the persistent challenge of last year's winner Glass Slippers and Liberty Beach.
Bustled out of the stalls by Pierre-Charles Boudot, Wooded held the rail throughout the race and gamely dug in as the two fillies threw down their efforts in a bid to add to the British and Irish domination of the 5f Group 1.
However, Wooded, who had produced a good effort on his first try over 5f when second at Longchamp last month, would not be passed having wrestled the lead from Air De Valse and was pricking his ears as he crossed the line.
Liberty Beach made Wooded work hard through the final furlong while Glass Slippers came with a strong late effort to grab second in a narrow finish, albeit she was never on terms in her attempt to become the first back-to-back Abbaye winner since Lochsong in 1993 and 1994.
Francis Graffard, who trained the winner for Sheikh Joaan Al Thani, who was on hand to see the victory, said: "I'm very delighted for the horse. He's a horse I've always loved. There have been no races for him over six furlongs so we decided to race him anyway over different distances and he'll be a nice sprinter for next year.
"I knew he was ready to go and what to expect from him today so the only question was the ground as he's much better on faster ground. We ran anyway as I wanted to toughen him up for next year. It's a brilliant performance."
Tarnawa leads home an Irish one-two to stop French Arc day clean sweep
With their younger generation ruled out by the horsefeed debacle, the old guard stepped in to fly the flag for Ireland on Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe day.
Dermot Weld and Jessica Harrington can give a year or two to Aidan O'Brien and sons Joseph and Donnacha, whose runners were all forced to miss Longchamp.
But age does not weary the pair's horses and they combined to end French domination of the card and land a one-two in the Prix de l'Opera.
For much of the way it appeared that Harrington was going to take the 1m2f contest as Alpine Star, reunited with Shane Foley, promised to make it third time lucky after two Group 1 near-misses since her Coronation Stakes success at Royal Ascot.
But she was caught in the last 50 yards by the Christophe Soumillon-ridden Tarnawa, who was dropping back in trip from her victory in the 1m4f Prix Vermeille here last month and whose stamina kicked in late on.
Weld has been training winners on this card since Committed landed back-to-back Prix de l'Abbayes in 1984 and 1985 and had targeted the Aga Khan's filly at this part of the season.
"I specifically trained her with the autumn in mind this year," he said. "I did something similar last year with Eziyra, and she did me proud but she just wasn't able to bring us to the heights that this filly has.
Jessica Marcialis makes French racing history with Prix Marcel Boussac victory
Jessica Marcialis, who returned to race-riding after giving birth to a child, became the first female jockey to ride a Group 1 winner on the Flat in France when scoring on Tiger Tanaka at Longchamp on Sunday.
Marcialis landed her first Group 1 success as the filly made it six wins from seven starts by taking the Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac.
"It's incredible," the jockey said. "I don't have words. Yesterday we said it was just amazing to be here today.
"I want to say to all the mums that we can do it. Be strong."
"Tiger Tanaka was really relaxed and it's incredible, all the races l run with her every time she's different."
Trainer Charley Rossi said: "It's fantastic, to win this with my wife riding, an owner who is a friend. It's a shame there aren’t more people here to see it. It's magic and my friends are here, which is the main thing.
"It was incredible because I could see that she was full of running and just looking for the gap. When she went clear it was a little unreal for me but she really has won! I think we've made history today."
Hot British favourite Fev Rover met trouble in running and could manage only fourth.
The Richard Fahey-trained filly kept on strongly once clear but never threatened the winner.
A stewards' inquiry was called but Tiger Tanaka earned a 14-1 quote for next year's French 1,000 Guineas from Betfair.
Sealiway slams his rivals with eight-length Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere rout
Sealiway struck first blood for France in the opening race at Longchamp on Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe day.
The 4-1 shot hit the front a furlong and a half from home in the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere and powered clear under Mickael Barzalona to win impressively.
Nando Parrado, the 5-6 favourite, did best of the British runners in second place in the 7f event, eight lengths adrift of the winner.
The winner, who is trained by Frederic Rossi, was given a quote of 10-1 for next year's French 2,000 Guineas by Betfair.
Pauline Cheboub, racing manager to the winner's owners, said: "It's a fantastic day. He won the first race for two-year-olds in France and now the Jean-Luc Lagardere. He is a magnificent star.
"He is a two-year-old with a bright future. We can try a mile and he will enjoy that."
A delighted Rossi added: "I have always thought he was a really good horse and he has been running over too short a trip to begin with. We decided to ride him more positively. He loves to dominate and he's a real steamroller."
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