A race that has regularly favoured the British shippers, the Prix de L'Abbeye was taken down by the flying French filly, Wizz Kid, with an effort of substantial superiority marking the start to a stellar Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe undercard.
Great Britian have won fourten of the last eighteen renewals of the Prix de L'Abbeye, and the British looked to have a strong hand yet again with Richard Fahey's Mayson reappearing for the first time since his Darley July Cup victory at Newmarket in July. With Spirit Quartz also featuring amongst the fourteen declared British shippers, the race looked to be at the mercy of the British with the French opting to enter just one horse between them. However, Wizz Kid did not seemingly read the pre-empted script.
With Hamish McGonagall towing the field along along the rail of the Longchamp sprint course, Spirit Quartz looked to be cruising in behind the front runner with Dettori seemingly under a tight grip just waiting to release the gelding for his first victory since being brought into the Robert Cowell stable. However, when asked to commit and win his race, Spirit Quartz seemed to empty tamely with an uncharacteristic effort similar to that at Sandown on Coral-Eclipse day.
Instead, Mayson threw down a determined challenge Hamish McGonagall inside the final furlong and had just began to get the upper hand in the shadows of the post. Seemingly about to acquire his second successive Group 1 victory under a masterful ride from Paul Hanagan, Wizz Kid began to fly from nowhere from the following pack some four lengths behind the British raiders under Gerald Mosse. With minimum of urging, Wizz Kid began to eat up the ground hand over fist, getting to the British raiders in the shadow of the post for facile half length success.
"She's been unlucky a couple of times in these big races and she was beaten a length in this last year but finished fifth." said John O'Connor, racing manager to the owner Maeve Mahony, "She likes it when they go a good fast pace early on and maybe the cheek pieces just helped her to settle early on today. She deserves this"
A home bred four year old daughter of Whipper, Wizz Kid was winning her first Group 1 having failed to fire as the joint-favourite in this years' King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot behind Little Bridge.
~By Dan Munn