09/17/2007 12:00AM

Manduro goes out a winner

EmailThe high hopes raised by Manduro's victory in the Prix Foy at Longchamp on Sunday were quickly turned to dust when he returned to the winner's circle lame, nursing a small fracture to his right hind leg that has forced his retirement.

His 2 1/2-length victory over Mandesha in the Group 2, $180,000 Foy had briefly vaulted Manduro, a 5-year-old German-bred son of Monsun, into co-favoritism for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, as it was proof that he could stay the Arc's 1 1/2 miles. The injury, however, has put an end to owner Baron Georg von Ullmann's dream of winning the great race with Manduro, who will begin stud duties next year at Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, England.

Stephane Pasquier had himself a rocking-chair ride on Manduro in the Foy. Well in hand throughout, he led at the three-sixteenths pole and stopped the clock at 2:28.60 as the 2-5 favorite in a field of five. Mandesha, who was finishing second for the third time in a row at the Group 1 level, will next run in the Arc for trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre.

Trained in Germany at 2 and 3 by Peter Schiergen and by Andre Fabre at 4 and 5, Manduro won 10 of 18 starts, among them three Group 1's, the 1 1/8-mile Prix d'Ispahan, the 1 1/4-mile Prince of Wales's Stakes and the one-mile Prix Jacques le Marois. The winner of his last five starts, he retires with earnings of $1,990,563.

Manduro's retirement opens the Arc door a bit wider for Soldier of Fortune, who ran the fastest of Sunday's three Arc preps, winning the Group 2, $180,000 Prix Niel in 2:25.60, beating the 11-10 favorite, Zambezi Sun, into third place. Ridden by Johnny Murtagh, the 2.30-1 Soldier of Fortune had runner-up Sagara 1 1/2 lengths behind him in his first outing since having won the Irish Derby by nine lengths on July 1. Sagara, 5 1/4 lengths third in the Grand Prix de Paris over the Niel course and distance on July 14, was up for second from Grand Prix winner Zambezi Sun by three-quarters of a length.

Soldier of Fortune will join stablemate Dylan Thomas in the Arc, giving trainer Aidan O'Brien a strong one-two punch in the $2.75 million race on Oct. 7.

The Group 1, $416,000 Prix Vermeille yielded a hot prospect for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf in Mrs Lindsay, who sprung an 18-1 upset over some very good fillies and mares. Jockey Johnny Murtagh put Mrs Lindsay, a 3-year-old daughter of Theatrical, on the lead 3 1/2 furlongs from home, and she held off the French Oaks winner, West Wind, by three-quarters of a length.

Second to West Wind in the French Oaks on June 10, Mrs Lindsay was timed in 2:27.00 for the 12 furlongs on good ground. Trained by Francois Rohaut, she is owned by Bettina Jenney, who bred her at her Derry Meeting Farm in Pennsylvania. Mrs Lindsay was the second Pennsylvania-bred to win a European Group 1 over the weekend, as George Strawbridge's homebred Lucarno won the St. Leger on Saturday.

Ladbroke's current Arc odds are Authorized 3-2, Soldier of Fortune 5-2, Dylan Thomas 9-2, Zambezi Sun 8-1, and Mandesha 12-1.