Librettist Lands Prix du Moulin
Updated: Sunday, September 3, 2006 8:49 PM
Posted: Sunday, September 3, 2006 8:49 PM
Librettist led from the start to land his second Group 1 victory in three weeks when he captured the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Fr-I) on Sunday.
The Godolphin-owned 4-year-old also took the Prix Jacques le Marois (Fr-I) in August, becoming just the sixth horse to win both races.
Jockey Frankie Dettori had the son of Danzig in front from the start and the pair never looked backed. As the field entered the straightaway, Librettist quickened the tempo and had plenty in reserve to hold off the hard-charging Stormy River by ½-length. Manduro was another ½-length back in third.
Librettist, a half-brother to Group 1 winner Dubai Destination
, has now won seven of eight career starts. His lone defeat came in the 2004 Darley Dewhurst Stakes (Eng-I), when he was fifth to Shamardal and Oratorio. He missed his entire 3-year-old season due to various health problems, and just returned to the track in June.
A delighted Frankie Dettori stated after the race, "He's proved that after all his health problems he's back to his best." Dettori continued, "I'm looking forward to riding him again the in Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot (on September 23) and then perhaps the Breeders' Cup."Visionario Remains Undefeated
In the race immediately preceding the Prix du Moulin, the Aga Khan's exciting 2-year-old Visionario stretched his unbeaten record to three, with an easy victory in the Prix la Rochette (Fr-III). The son of Spinning World won handily to record a length victory over Holocene (by Lemon Drop Kid
Trainer Andre Fabre stated afterwards that Visionario will be pointed to the Prix Jean Luc Lagardere Grand Criterium (Fr-I) on October 1.
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