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Total Gallery Wins French Gr1 Abbaye
Irish-bred 3YO colt Total Gallery (Namid-Diary, by Green Desert) scored by a neck against older rivals in the €250,000 (A$425,000) Gr1 Prix de l'Abbaye (1000m) at Longchamp. Total Gallery (ridden by Johnny Murtagh for trainer Stan Moore) defeated fellow Irish-bred 4YO mare Fleeting Spirit (Invincible Spirit-Millennium Tale, by Distant Relative) with a further half-length to Australian-bred 6YO gelding War Artist (Orpen-Royal Solitaire, by Brocco). Previously this season, Total Gallery finished runner-up in both September's UK Gr3 World Trophy (5 furlongs) at Newbury & July's UK Gr3 King George Stakes (5 furlongs) at Goodwood, after winning April's UK Listed Pavilion Stakes (6 furlongs) at Ascot; & last year he won the UK Listed Redcar 2YO Trophy (6 furlongs) & finished runner-up in the Listed Harry Rosebery Stakes (5 furlongs) at Ayr. Overall he now has 7 wins & 5 placings from 14 starts for €441,713 (A$751,000) earnings.