05/20/2003 11:00PM

Loxias awarded Chaudenay win


A British invader, Millenary, crossed the line first in the Group 2 Prix Jean de Chaudenay at Saint-Cloud Wednesday, but the French stewards awarded victory in the race to the nose runner-up, Loxias.

The John Dunlop-trained Millenary, winner of the St. Leger Stakes in 2000, had drifted right with Pat Eddery aboard throughout the final furlong, carrying Loxias wide.

Loxias, a Saumarez 4-year-old ridden by Olivier Peslier and trained by Carlos Laffon-Parias, was sent off at 3.10-1. The time for the 1 1/2 miles on soft ground was 2:37.10.

For Loxias, it was his first stakes victory. He finished second last time out in the Group 3 Prix d'Hedouville to Martaline, who finished third in the Jean de Chaudenay.

* Six Perfections, the runner-up in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4, has been installed as the even-money favorite for Sunday's Irish 1000 Guineas. His trainer, Pascal Bary, has replaced regular rider Thierry Thulliez with John Murtagh, who is more familiar with the course at The Curragh.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Catcher in the Rye, second in the French 2000 Guineas May 11, is the 5-2 choice for Saturday's Irish 2000.