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Gold for Olympic Glory in Jean-Luc Lagardere‏

Try as they might, they just cannot beat Olympic Glory who powered to the front with a furlong left to go to claim his first Group 1 victory after a double of Group 2 starts earlier in the summer.
Olivier Peslier again set the pace of the race along the rail on Snowday but had pressure for company in the form of Adventure, who had been purchased by new owners just twenty hours before the race. Taking each other on in the testing ground, Snowday and Avantage set a scorching pace up front with Olympic Glory settling closer than is his normal preference in fourth-position.
Edging into the straight, Snowday began to toil and drop back as his rival Avantage pulled the field into the final few furlongs. As the runners began to draw towards the roar of the Longchamp crowd, Avantage was immediately pressed by Indian Jade for the lead as Godolphin's Tha'ir began to chase to deliver his challenge and, momentarily, looked to be preventing Olympic Glory from getting out to deliver his challenge.
With over a furlong to go, many held chances with Joseph O'Brien looking to deliver a surprise challenge up the rail on Pedro The Great. However, when given the gaps, Olympic Glory came out and flew towards Indian Jade and Avantage to push on by to the head of affairs. With Mikel Dezangles filly What A Name flying late, it was evident that Olympic Glory would have to repel a final challenge but it was widley recognised that What A Name, under Christophe Lemaire, had got her own gaps all too late to deliver a substantial challenge and looked, marginally, to struggle to see out the final furlong with the same zest.
A two year old son of Choisir, Olympic Glory's perfect record holds just one blemish, a half-length defeat at the hands of Godolphin's star two year old, Dawn Approach. "He travelled very well here" said Hannon Jnr, "It took a lot for a two year old to do what he did in that ground. He's a very exciting horse for next years' Guineas"

In victory by one star often comes defeat for another, Mikel Dezangles had opted to run his star two year old filly, What A Name, in this race as opposed to the Prix Marcel Boussac and momentarily looked to be about to reap the rewards of some clever race planning. However, for all that What A Name flew towards the finish, Olympic Glory had got first run on the filly. "She ran very well, we're pleased" said Dezangles, "We have no plan yet but we will probably put her away for next year now".


~By Dan Munn  


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