Maxime Guyon

Maxios Filly Upsets the Grotte

Entering Sunday's G3 Prix la Grotte at ParisLongchamp a live outsider, Ecurie Waldeck's Cirona (GB) (Maxios {GB}) proved more than just that when edging a five-way thriller. Runner-up in the G3 Prix des Reservoirs at Deauville in October and in the Listed Criterium du Languedoc at Toulouse the following month, the wide-drawn 18-1 shot was soon in front under Maxime Guyon and looked set to be swamped in the final furlong as a flurry of attacks were launched to her left. Digging in when headed, she was game against the...

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Aspetar Looms Large In Amir Trophy

A winner at the highest level in Germany and victorious in group races in France and England, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Thani's homebred Aspetar (Fr) (Al Kazeem {GB}) appears the class of the field as he makes his Qatar debut in Saturday's US$1-million H H Amir Trophy (2400m) at Al Rayyan Racecourse in Doha. The lightly raced 6-year-old won the G2 Grand Prix de Chantilly and G1 Preis von Europa in 2019 while under the care of Roger Charlton and punched his ticket to the G1 Cox Plate with...

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Kendargent's Skalleti Pounces in the Dollar

Jean-Claude Seroul's winner machine Skalleti (Fr) (Kendargent {Fr}), fresh from victory over G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe contender Sottsass (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) in August's G3 Prix Gontaut-Biron at Deauville, doubled up in style to garner a second edition of Saturday's G2 Qatar Prix Dollar at ParisLongchamp. Last year's winner was under a firm grip in rear for most of the 10-furlong contest. Making smooth progress along the far-side rail once into the straight, the 6-5 favourite was interrupted by--and negotiated a passage around--the backpeddling pacesetter Raging Storm (Ire) (Galileo...

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Shamardal's Shaman takes advantage as Sottsass fails to fire

   In one of ParisLongchamp's season-opener's unexpected reversals, White Birch Farm's G1 Prix du Jockey Club hero Sottsass (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) could only manage fourth as the Wertheimers' Shaman (Ire) (Shamardal) made all for an upset in the G2 Prix d'Harcourt. Campaigned mainly at a mile last term and runner-up in the G1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains and G1 Prix Jacques le Marois, Shaman had stamina to prove upped to this 10-furlong distance for the first time but Maxime Guyon was able to dictate steady fractions on the homebred. After...

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