04/07/2008 12:00AM

Full of Gold wins Prix Noailles


Full of Gold was the big winner in the first European round of classic preps on Sunday. The colt, trained by Criquette Head-Maarek, followed up on his Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud victory of last November with a game head victory over Court Canibal in Longchamp's Group 2, $203,000 Prix Noailles.

Owned by Head-Maarek's father, Alec Head, and ridden by Thierry Gillet, Full of Gold covered the 1 5/16 miles on heavy ground in 2:22.50 as the 9-10 favorite. He will have his final prep for the French Derby on May 5 when he returns to Longchamp for the Group 2 Prix Hocquart.

Dermot Weld produced a pair of Irish Guineas candidates at Leopardstown on Sunday. First up was the 12-1 Carribean Sunset, a Danehill Dancer filly who outdueled Halfway to Heaven by a head to take the Group 3, $109,000 1000 Guineas Trial, clocking 1:28.90 on a yielding surface for seven furlongs with Pat Smullen aboard. An hour later, Smullen guided the odds-on Famous Name to an easy four-length score over Moiqen in the Group 3, $109,000 2000 Guineas Trial, getting the mile in 1:44.00.

Both Carribean Sunset and Famous name will bypass the English Guineas at Newmarket in favor of the Irish editions at the Curragh on May 24-25.