07/13/2009 11:00PM

Cavalryman charges home in Paris


Sheikh Mohammed got the better of his Coolmore arch-rivals at Longchamp on Tuesday as Cavalryman defeated Age of Aquarius in the $835,000 Grand Prix de Paris. The victory gave trainer Andre Fabre his 10th victory in the Group 1 Bastille Day feature.

A Darley homebred son of Halling, Cavalryman rallied from fifth to lead at the eighth pole, scoring by a rather comfortable 1 1/2 lengths under Maxime Guyon while traveling the 1 1/2 miles in 2:27.60 on good to soft ground. Age of Aquarius, one of four Aidan O'Brien trainees in the race, led at the three-eighths pole but was no match for the winner, while Godolphin's Italian Derby winner Mastery was third, two lengths behind the runner-up. The favored Beheshtam never got involved and came home sixth of eight, beaten 5 1/2 lengths.

Sent off at 3.40-1, Cavalryman had previously finished second to stablemate Cutlass Bay in the Group 2 Prix Greffulhe before winning the listed Prix Matchem by six lengths, both those races at 1 1/4 miles. Fabre was non-committal about plans for Cavalryman.

Eight of Fabre's previous nine Grand Prix de Paris winners came when the race was run at 1 1/4 miles, among them subsequent Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winners Subotica and Peintre Celebre. In 2005 the race was upped to 1 1/2 miles. The next year Fabre won it with Rail Link, who would win the Arc over the same course and distance less than three months later. William Hill quotes Cavalryman at 10-1 for this year's Arc behind four other 3-year-olds, Irish Derby winner Fame and Glory at 10-3, Epsom Derby winner Sea the Stars at 4-1, French Oaks winner Stacelita at 5-1 and English and Irish Oaks winner Sariska at 8-1.