08/11/2002 11:00PM

Europe: Spartacus surprises


Spartacus, the least fancied of four Aidan O'Brien-trained runners, scored a 16-1 surprise under apprentice Colm O'Donoghue in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland.

* Yavana's Pace a 10-year-old gelding, upset Salve Regina in the Group 1 Credit Suisse Private Banking Pokal at Cologne, Germany.

* At Deauville, France, May Ball caught Japanese invader Air Thule at the three-sixteenths pole to record a three-quarter-length victory in the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest.