09/05/2010 12:42PM

Fuisse upsets eventful Prix du Moulin de Longchamp


Fuisse upset more fancied opponents in the Group 1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, as hot favorite Paco Boy was a listless fourth of six.

Fuisse, sent off at 9.90-1, was badly behaved before the race, unseating his jockey, Stephane Pasquier, on the way to post, and running loose. His antics caused the race to be delayed by some 15 minutes, as his five rivals waited patiently at the mile start.

Once they were finally underway, Siyouni took up the running. Out of the gate all of the field looked as though they’d prefer someone else to make the running, but Siyouni settled into a good rhythm at the head of affairs.

Rio de la Plata was a close second for the Saeed bin Suroor/Godolphin team, with Paco Boy tucked away on the inside in third. Fuisse trailed in last place.

The race really got going in the final furlong and a half as Siyouni kicked on, closely pressed by Mickael Barzalona on Rio de la Plata. The real action was with Paco Boy, though, as his jockey, Richard Hughes, tried to sneak him up a narrow gap on the inside of the leader. There was sufficient space there if the 2.30-1 favorite Paco Boy had the instant acceleration that is usually a trademark of his, but he could not raise his game at the moment he needed to.

The gap closed, and Paco Boy looked well held and sluggish at the furlong pole. Meanwhile Fuisse had been making good headway down the outside and laid down a strong challenge in the final 100 yards. Rio de la Plata did manage to get his head in front for a few strides as the post loomed, but Fuisse swooped to lead where it mattered. Two heads separated the first three, with Paco Boy a further 1 1/2 legnths back. Second favorite Lope de Vega was fifth, having never looked dangerous in the race.

Winning trainer Criquette Head-Maarek was delighted with Fuisse after the race, and felt he had possessed a better chance than his outsider's odds had suggested.

She said; "The race went his way today but we weren’t worried about how the pace aspect of the race might play out. He can be effective whatever the gallop is like in a race. We’ll look to the Champion Stakes at Newmarket for him now."

Richard Hughes said about Paco Boy; "It was a messy race race for us and he didn’t finish like he usually does."