10/09/2004 12:00AM

Somnus: Europe's best sprinter


Somnus cemented his credentials as Europe's champion sprinter elect with a three-quarter-length win in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret.

Given a confident ride from off the pace by Mick Kinane, Somnus ran strongly in the final furlong to take the lead close to home.

The 13-5 favorite, Somnus will not race again this season, unlike runner-up Denebola. Alan Cooper, racing manager for the Niarchos Family, said Denebola will be pointed to the Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park.