Updated on 09/17/2011 11:26PM

Kinnaird upsets Prix de l'Opera at 70-1


PARIS, FRANCE - Kinnaird scored an improbable 70-1 upset in the 1 1/4-mile $350,000 Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp on Sunday, beating defending champ and 3-5 favorite Alexander Goldrun into third place.

The shocking result produced a finish that will have the first three finishers heading in different directions for three of the biggest races on the autumn international schedule.

The winner, a 4-year-old daughter of Dr. Devious, will be aimed by trainer Patrick Haslam to the E.P. Taylor Stakes on Oc. 29. The 19-1 runner-up Mona Lisa has been named a "probable" for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, and Alexander Goldrun is headed back to Sha Tin for a defense of her Hong Kong Cup title on Dec. 11.

Owner Renata Jacobs credited the ride of Kevin Darley and the good to soft ground for the renewal of the fortunes of Kinnaird, who got the 1 1/4 miles in a pedestrian 2:04.60, but Jim Bolger had to take a philosophical stance in digesting Alexander Goldrun's defeat.

"She just didn't pick up like she normally would," he said of his filly who was beaten 1 1/4 lengths for all the money. "We reckon she had an off day.

The winner of Group 1 races in four different countries had been just a half-length and a head third behind Oratorio and Motivator last time in the Irish Champion Stakes and can certainly be allowed this blip, which materialized due to a slow early pace and the softish ground.

O'Brien sweeps juvenile features

Aidan O'Brien's dominance of the European 2-year-old season proceeded apace with victories in both juvenile Group 1's at Longchamp on Sunday.

To say that Horatio Nelson was most impressive in landing the $490,000 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, a race he had won four times in the last six years with Ciro, Rock Of Gibraltar, Hold That Tiger and Oratorio.

Pressed for the lead early by Spirito del Vento and challenged late by Opera Cape, the 3-5 Horatio Nelson found an extra gear to score by xx lengths, going clear of Opera Cape with a certain aplomb near the line. Now undefeated after four starts, the Danehill colt sped the 7 furlongs in 1:20.60, very fast considering the state of the ground.

"He's a tough little fellow," exclaimed a happy O'Brien, who termed Horayio Nelson an Epsom Derby horse. Indeed, William Hill have installed him as their 10-1 favorte for the English classic.

Rumplestiltskin won her second Group 1 race in a row with a solid victory inone-mile $420,000 Prix Marcel Boussac. With a stable full of excellent 2-year-old colts, Aidan O'Brien just may have Europe's best juvenile filly as well in this daughter of Danehill, whose dam Monevassia is a full sister to Kingmambo.

The winner on Sept. 4 of the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh, Rumplestiltskin was much more impressive on Sunday.She stormed home to defeatQuiet Royal by a length, getting the mile in 1:37.30.

"She's a very good filly," said O'Brien, who thinks that Rumplestiltskin is a "possible for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, but more likely not to run again this year."

* Roger Charlton had cause for rejoicing as his veteran sprinters Avonbridge and Striking Ambition finished first and second in the 5-furlong Prix de l'bbaye de Longchamp, a five-furlong dash worth $240,000. The 8.40-1 Avonbridge had to withstand a stewards inquiry to retain the victory, which was engineered by jockey Steven Drowne in :56.90. Fire Up The Band was third with French favorite Chineur fourth and The Tatling, runner-up in the last two Abbaye's, fifth. La Cucaracha was a late scratch due to the softish ground.

* Reefscape inherited the mantle abandoned by two-time winner Westerner in the 2 1/2-mile Group 1 Prix du Cadran.

With the defending champ opting for the Arc instead, Reefscape ran out an impressive 2-length winner over the deadheaters Ostankino and Alcazar as the 6-5 choice. He covered the greuling 20 furlongs in 4:36.00 but will probably not dethrone Ascot Gold Cup winner Westerner from his throne atop the stayers standings.