Naaqoos made most of the running and had enough to hold off a hard-charging Milanais to win the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Grand Criterium) (Fr-I) by a neck at Longchamp Oct. 5.
Trained by Freddie Head and ridden by Davy Bonilla, the same team who later captured the Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (Fr-I) with Marchand d’Or, Naaqoos improved his record to three wins from four starts. The Lagardere was his first stakes victory.
Naaqoos took the lead soon after the start, and led the field of seven at a strong gallop through the early stages. He was tracked closely by Desert Phantom and Sea of Marmara, with Mastercraftsman and Intense Focus right on their heels.
Johnny Murtagh moved Mastercraftsman into a challenging position with two furlongs to run, but the dual group I winner began to struggle over the going, eventually flattening out to finish fourth.
Milanais made a late run but could not catch the winner, falling a neck short. Intense Focus got up for third, two lengths further back.
Final time for the seven furlongs was 1:18.40.
Naaqoos is a 2-year-old bay colt by Oasis Dream out of Straight Lass by Machiavellian. He was bred in England by S. Boucheron, and is owned by Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum.
Proportional Victory in Marcel Boussac
Given a superb ride by Stephane Pasquier, Proportional came from just off the pace to roll to a comfortable three length victory in the Total Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-I) earlier in the day.
Pasquier sent his charge after long-time leader Marquesa with just over a furlong left, and Proportional quickened impressively to draw off to an easy win.
Elusive Wave got up in the final strides to take second by three-quarters of a length over Copperbeech. Final time for the eight furlongs was 1:36 over the good to soft turf course.
Proportional is trained by Criquette Head-Maarek, and races as a homebred for Prince Khalid Abdullah. The 2-year-old bay filly is by Beat Hollow out of Minority, by Generous.
Her second dam, Minskip, is also the granddam of Folk Opera, who captured the E.P. Taylor Stakes (Can-IT) at Woodbine Oct. 4.