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Monsun's Maxios Strikes in the d'Ispahan
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15.40 at LCPG1 Prix d'Ispahan  [9f 55y (T)]Winner: Maxios (GB), h, 5 by Monsun (Ger)
Sunday, Longchamp, France
PRIX D’ISPAHAN-G1, €250,000, Longchamp, 5-26, 4yo/up, 9f 55ydsT, 1:56.55, sf.
1--MAXIOS (GB), 128, h, 5, by Monsun (Ger)
1st Dam: Moonlight’s Box, by Nureyev
2nd Dam: Coup de Genie, by Mr. Prospector
3rd Dam: Coup de Folie, by Halo
O/B-Niarchos Family; T-Jonathan Pease; J-Stephane Pasquier; €142,850. Lifetime Record: 15 starts, 7 wins, 5 places, €447,380. *1/2 to Bago (Fr) (Nashwan), Hwt. 2yo-Fr, Hwt. 3yo-Fr at 11-14f, Ch. 3yo Colt-Eur, MG1SW-Fr, MG1SP-Eng & G1SP-Ire, $2,735,382; and Beta (GB) (Selkirk), SW & MGSP-Fr. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Planteur (Ire), 128, h, 6, Danehill Dancer (Ire)--Plante Rare (Ire), by Giant’s Causeway. O-Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani; B-Dayton Investments Ltd; T-Marco Botti; €57,150.
3--Mandour, 128, c, 4, Smart Strike--Mandesha (Fr), by Desert Style (Ire). O/B-Princesse Zahra Aga Khan; T-Alain de Royer-Dupre; €28,575.
Margins: HF, 3/4, 2. Odds: 2.30, 3.00, 6.80.
Also Ran: Don Bosco (Fr), Zinabaa (Fr), Beauty Parlour (GB), Sofast (Fr). Scratched: Saonois (Fr).
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   After his four-length winning debut over a mile here in September 2010, Maxios earned a "TDN Rising Star" tag in part due to the manner of his success but also with the immense promise that his illustrious pedigree bestowed upon him. With so much expectation on his shoulders, the half-brother to Bago (Fr) (Nashwan) was almost disappointing when managing to scrape home in the G3 Prix Thomas Bryon by only a short head at Saint-Cloud the following month and was left alone thereafter. His Classic campaign started off badly with a tame performance when last of five in the G3 Prix la Force over 1 5/16 miles back at this venue in April and never recovered, but following that write-off year the green shoots were emerging with a second placing in the G2 Grand Prix de Chantilly last June. Two unplaced efforts in the G3 Prix Gontaut-Biron at Deauville in August and G2 Prix Dollar over this course and distance in October meant that the path to redemption was not running smoothly, but they sandwiched a more respectable win in the G3 La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte in September. With many of the better horses of 2012 now at stud, the homebred returned at five to a European Pattern open to the lesser lights, and he quickly capitalised by scoring in the G2 Prix d’Harcourt over 10 furlongs here before finishing second behind Pastorius (Ger ) (Soldier Hollow {GB}) in the G1 Prix Ganay over the same track and trip last time Apr. 28. Settled in behind the leading duo by Stephane Pasquier enjoying a perfect tow against the rail, the dark bay needed room in early stretch and that came just before the initially free-running Planteur was committed with a furlong remaining. Picking up as that rival began to pay for his earlier exertions in the final 50 meters, he asserted for the career high with the still-unexposed Mandour producing an eye-catching finish.

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