Hand denies Time in Vermeille
Left Hand got up to beat British raider Endless Time in a steadily-run Qatar Prix Vermeille at Chantilly.
Endless Time was denied by Left Hand
Godolphin's Lancashire Oaks heroine Endless Time lined up in Paris on something of a recovery mission after failing to fire in last month's Yorkshire Oaks and Charlie Appleby's inmate was soon dictating matters at the head of affairs under Mickael Barzalona.
The French rider gradually wound up the gallop before the mile-and-a-half contest developed into a sprint for home inside final two furlongs.
Endless Time would not give in without a fight, but was mowed down late by the Carlos Laffon-Parias-trained 7/2 chance Left Hand, with Endless Time a clear second ahead of The Juliet Rose.
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The winning trainer said: "She is in the Arc and the race at Ascot for fillies and mares. I don't think she will go for the Prix de l'Opera.
"She has won over one mile two furlongs, but it is a bit too sharp for her and each time she has been beaten is because of the distance.
"If she doesn't go to the Arc she will go to Ascot."
Appleby said of the runner-up: "I'm delighted. That was a career-best. She came here in good order and the ground conditions suited her.
"Mickael gave her a great ride. He just felt she was better off from the front with no pace in the race and she has won everywhere bar the line.
"The natural step at this stage is the Fillies and Mares at Ascot and on the back of that run you would like to think she would be very competitive. They are likely to get juice in the ground at that time of year.
"She has only ever put in two disappointing runs and they were both on quick ground. She is a very game mare."
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