British raiders out of luck as Recoletos snatches honours in Prix du Moulin

Mon 10 Sep 2018

Watch a full replay of how Recoletos landed the Prix du Moulin at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.

Recoletos swooped in the final strides to land the Group One Prix du Moulin at ParisLongchamp.

Carlos Laffon-Parias’ charge finished second to star three-year-old Alpha Centauri last time out and he stepped up on that to land the second top-level victory of his career in this mile heat.

Olivier Peslier took a restrained approach aboard the winner as Wootton and Recoletos’ stablemate Oriental dominated the early exchanges, but it was Plumatic who struck for home first.

He soon found himself challenged by fellow Andre Fabre-trained runner Wind Chimes, but Recoletos was unleashing his run latest of all down the middle of the track.

Peslier produced him with his perfectly-timed challenge to just get up on the line from Wind Chimes, with Sir Michael Stoute’s Expert Eye grabbing third on the line.

Fellow British runners Lightning Spear and Without Parole finished out of the frame.

Peslier grimaces as Recoletos gains on Wind Chimes in the final stages of the Prix du Moulin. (Focusonracing(

Laffon-Parias told the Racing Post: "I had the best horse and the best jockey in the race – Olivier has been with me for all my best triumphs – and when he came there I thought he would win more easily but the filly really fought hard at the end.

"That was a good Group 1 race today and he did it well. Conditions were not a problem as all his best races have come on on good ground."

Recoletos is now a general 6-1 for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Qipco Britsih Champions Day on October 20.

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