09/04/2004 11:00PM

Grey Lilas gives Fabre Prix de Moulin win


Grey Lilas gave Andre Fabre his first Group 1 trumph of the European season on Sunday with a sharp score in the $360,000 Prix de Moulin de Longchamp.

The victory of the 5-1 Danehill filly at the expense of older colts came exactly one week after Gary Stevens had bid adieu to Fabre following a spring and summer in which the trainer/jockey combination had failed to produce so much as a single Group 2 victory in Europe. Eric Legrix rode Grey Lilas to a one-length victory over her Fabre-trained stablemate Diamond Green, who was ridden by Thierry Gillet. The winning time for the mile on good to soft ground was 1:37.50.

Group 1 winners Denebola (4th), Whipper, the recent winner of the Prix Jacques le Marois (5th), Paolini (6th), and French 2000 Guineas winner American Post (10th), were all behind, lending a certain credence to the performance of Grey Lilas, who had been second in the French 1000 Guineas and third in the French Oaks. Her owner, Baron Dietrich von Boettischer, said that she would eventually race in America but pointed out that she is not nominated to the Breeders' Cup.

Runner-up Diamond Green, second in both the French 2000 Guineas and the St. James's Palace Stakes, could go next in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Sept. 25.

* Warrsan produced a mild 7.80-1 upset in the $960,000 Group 1 Grosser Preis von Baden with a hard fought neck victory over Egerton. The Clive Brittain-trainee, a 6-year-old son of Caerleon, had beaten Arc favorite Doyen in the Coronation Cup at Epsom in June and will run next in the Arc on Oct. 3. Ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, his time for the 1 1/2 miles on good ground was 2:32.79.

German Derby winner Shirocco was third but Mubtaker was a big disappointment. Last year's Arc runner-up, winner of the Group 2 Geoffrey Freer Stakes last month off a 10-month absence, was in and out of the lead throughout before weakening through the final furlong. He came home seventh, beaten seven lengths.

* At the Curragh, the 9-1 Chelsea Rose took the $360,000 Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes for juvenile fillies by three quarters of a length from Pictavia. Trained by Con Collins, the Desert King filly covered the seven furlongs in 1:24.27 on good to firm ground.