Milena team to appeal Papin

Criquette Head-Maarek

Connections of High Dream Milena are to lodge an appeal against the decision of the Maisons-Laffitte stewards to take no action after she met interference when finishing fourth in the Prix Robert Papin on Sunday.

Criquette Head-Maarek's filly was stopped in her tracks at the one-furlong pole by the eventual winner, Unfortunately, before running on strongly to be beaten just over a length.

The racecourse stewards did look at the finish but chose to take no action.

"She was unlucky and the owner wants to appeal so we will do," Head-Maarek told Press Association Sport.

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"There's no doubt the winner did interfere with her and (Pierre-Charles) Boudot had to stop riding.

"She was nearly brought to a stop but got going again and finished strongly.

"Without that happening she'd have been much closer. Would she have won? I don't know.

"She's a very nice filly but I was worried she might lack a little experience for a race like that.

"We'll look to the Prix Morny next. A little extra distance will suit her as she won on her debut over six furlongs.

"These things happen in racing. It certainly cost her a better position, for sure."

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