Moonlight grabs Moulin prize
Sunday 16 September 2012
Moonlight Cloud just edged out Farhh in a tactical race for the Qatar Prix du Moulin at Longhamp.
Frankie Dettori set out to dictate affairs on the Godolphin-owned four-year-old Farhh, who has been well-beaten by Frankel in his last two starts, but he could not shake off Freddie Head's filly, who ranged alongside him a furlong out.
She responded to Thierry Jarnet's urgings to get her head in front close home for a narrow success, her third at Group One level. The pair pulled a long way clear of Sarkiyla, with the Alan McCabe-trained Caspar Netscher last of the four runners.
Head said: "She's wonderful, how tough she is, she's a fighter.
"She will miss the Foret and go to Santa Anita and she could maybe stay in training at five, but I'll have to talk to George Strawbridge about that.
"Six furlongs is too sharp for her, I think that's why she got beaten at Ascot. Jarnet told me that the last 400 metres, they galloped. It was a real mile."
Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said of Farhh: "He's run well again, but he was always going to be vulnerable at this distance here.
"I think the course and the ground were a bit quick for him and he will either run in the Champion Stakes or the QEII at Ascot."