Longchamp Results: Nahrain lands the l'Opera
There are seven Group 1s at Longchamp on Sunday
Timeform bring you the results on Arc day at Longchamp, where the Peter Schiergen-trained Danedream was a ready winner of the main event and Roger Varian bagged his first Group 1 courtesy of Nahrain.
Roger Varian enjoyed a fairytale first experience of Arc day as a trainer when his Nahrain narrowly maintained her unbeaten status in the final race of the meeting, the Prix de l'Opera.
A fourth British-trained winner on the card, and a second for Frankie Dettori, Nahrain temporarily had nowhere to go when runner-up Announce held her ground in the final few furlongs but the Ahmed Al Maktoum-owned filly showed battling qualities once Dettori had angled his way out and got up by the narrowest of margins.
Three-time Group 1 winner Dream Ahead added a fourth top-flight success to his impressive cv when taking the scalp of the French supermare Goldikova in a pulsating finish to the Prix de la Foret, the three-year-old getting up a head.
Restrained early by William Buick, who also rode Elusive Kate to victory earlier on the card, David Simcock's colt matched Goldikova's move approaching the final furlong and the pair finished as one after a prolonged battle, with outsider Surfrider a distant third.
The British have a formidable record in the race and the Middle Park/July Cup/Sprint Cup hero became their eighth Foret winner in the last 14 years.
Star French juvenile colt Dabirsim continued his rapid rise up the ranks with a last-gasp success in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere in the hands of Frankie Dettori.
A 500th Group winner for the Italian jockey, Dabirsim was also a second Group 1 winner for his 35-year-old trainer Christophe Ferland, a former assistant to Charlie Mann and Sir Mark Prescott, following Dabirsim's victory in the Prix Morny.
Dettori was riding his second winner of the race after steering Rio de la Plata to victory in 2007.
Elusive Kate became John Gosden 's third winner of the Prix Marcel Boussac following Ryafan in 1996 and Sulk in 2001 when recording her fourth victory of the season.
Elusive Kate had been most progressive this year, adding victories in listed and Group 3 events at Deauville to her Kempton maiden success back in June and came into the race well fancied for a trainer and jockey enjoying a great season.
Always to the fore in a five-runner field, Elusive Kate did temporarily threaten to hang across eventual second Fire Lily but the dominance of the winner was evident come the line. Sole domestic hope Zantenda, who was taken across to race alone on the rail, finished third.
The Prix de l'Abbaye fell to a British-trained sprinter for the 19th time in the last quarter of a century when the lightning-quick front-runner Tangerine Trees narrowly held on from Secret Asset and the fast-finishing Sole Power in a field of 15.
It was compensation for trainer Bryan Smart, three years on from his Moorhouse Lad finishing second to Marchand d'Or, whilst, just as Gilt Edge Girl had provided jockey Luke Morris with his first Group 1 in the race last year, Tom Eaves was gaining his maiden victory at the highest level this time round.
Kasbah Bliss finally gained reward for three consecutive in-frame efforts in the opening race on Arc day, the Prix du Cadran, when beating outsider Tres Rock Danon.
Coming from last to first, Kasbah Bliss scored for the first time in Group 1 company at the age of nine, in the process providing trainer Francois Doumen with his first success in France's premier staying race.
Jockey Gerald Mosse was winning the Cadran for the third time following victories on Tajoun in 1999 and Gentoo a year ago.
Be sure to come back on Monday for a thorough Arc weekend review featuring Timeform ratings in Handicappers' Corner.
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