10/30/2006 1:00AM

Mount Nelson upsets in France


Aidan O'Brien served notice on Sunday that his Ballydoyle stable is firing on all cylinders as his Mount Nelson upset the heavily favored Spirit One in the $320,000 Criterium International at Saint-Cloud.

Mount Nelson corralled the pacesetting Spirit One at the eighth pole and held on gamely under Jamie Heffernan to prevail by a head. O'Brien also trains the third-place finisher, Yellowstone.

Coupled with Yellowstone, Mount Nelson started at 10.90-1 and covered the mile on good to soft ground in 1:41.30.