Dream result at Chantilly
Andre Fabre's Doha Dream just held the persistent challenge of Moonshiner to win the Prix Chaudenay at Chantilly.
Andre Fabre makes his way to the parade ring at Chantilly.
The first race of Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe weekend, which has switched venues while regular home Longchamp is redeveloped, provided a stirring finish at the end of a mile and seven furlongs.
Hughie Morrison's Marmelo, the only British runner in the race, attempted to make all and was only headed entering the final furlong.
At the time it looked as though Gregory Benoist had everything covered on favourite Doha Dream, but Moonshiner rallied gamely against the rail and a photo finish was needed to separate the pair.
Fabre's Shamardal colt got the verdict and provided owners Al Shaqab with the perfect start to a big weekend.
Fabre was delighted to see Doha Dream prevail but thinks he may now be sent on his winter break.
He said: "He is a very consistent horse and I did not have any real worries about the longer trip – but I wouldn't want to go any further.
"I would be worried about the soft-ish ground (this autumn) so I might now put him away until next season."
Morrison is now hoping Marmelo can develop into a useful stayer next term following his creditable run.
He said: "We went a good gallop and he has ran a huge race.
"I wouldn't have thought we'll see him again this season, but he's still babyish and will be a lovely horse next year.
"You can see him going well in Cup races and big handicaps."
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