Marsha (fourth left) on her way to winning the Prix de l’Abbaye
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Stuart Riley 4:39PM 2 OCT 2016
Report: France, Sunday
Chantilly: Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (Group 1) 5f, 2yo+
ON A day of major upsets at Chantilly Sir Mark Prescott and Luke Morris combined with 16-1 shot Marsha to win the Abbaye.
Mecca’s Angel, sent off the 6-4 favourite, could manage only third for Michael Dods and in the process joined high-profile British-trained favourites So Mi Dar and Postponed in defeat at Chantilly.
For Morris it was a second win in the race, having guided Gilt Edge Girl to glory in 2010, while for Prescott it was a Group 1 victory that came a day after the six-year anniversary of his last such success – with Hooray in the Cheveley Park Stakes.
“These are the days you work hard for and it’s great to get a winner for Sir Mark,” said Morris. “She’s always promised a lot but last time she was a little bit flat. They’ve changed her routine slightly and it seems to have paid off.”
Breeders’ Cup for runner-up
Aidan O’Brien’s 10-1 chance Washington DC was also a fast-finisher, claiming second as the early pacesetters faded in the final furlong. Mecca’s Angel held on for third, while Finsbury Square took fourth.
O’Brien said: “That was a great run. We’ll look at the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint with him now.”
Clive Cox, trainer of King’s Stand Stakes winner Profitable – who was in the firing line throughout and looked dangerous two furlongs from the finish before fading to finish seventh, said: “He came there with every chance but just flattened out at the end of a productive season.”