Glamorous success for Harris

Ron Harris celebrated his first winner in France after Just Glamorous made virtually all for victory in the Qatar Prix du Petit Couvert at Chantilly.

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Having rattled up a hat-trick of handicap victories earlier in the season, the battle-hardened three-year-old made his first Pattern-race start a winning one as he got the better of an early battle for the lead with Damila before striding to glory in the Group Three contest.

After being fast out the gates the Arcano gelding continued to find plenty for pressure under Pierre-Charles Boudot, deputising for Ted Durcan who missed the ride due to travel problems, before crossing the line three lengths clear of fellow British raider Marsha.

It was a clean sweep for British challengers with last year's Abbaye winner Goldream, from the yard of Robert Cowell, a further length and a half back in third.

Harris said of his 16/1 scorer: "We knew he had a lot of speed. He can travel very well, but we knew there were two English horses that were front-runners.

"Martin Harley on Goldream won on him at Sandown and knows how quick the horse is. We thought he might track us and make us do all the work as he is probably a better horse."

He went on: "I thought he could be thereabouts.

"The beginning of the season he had a wind operation. When he ran first of all at the beginning of the season we started holding him up, but then we said 'hang on, the rest of the family run from the front'.

"He has got an entry in the Abbaye and he will probably end up there. It's a pity for Ted as we always thought we wanted an English jockey, but he (Boudot) rode the horse to perfection.

"We've had winners in Ireland, but it's my first winner in France."

Sky Bet introduced the winner into the betting for the Abbaye at 16/1.

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