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Varenar Wins French Gr1 Foret

Tuesday, 6th October 2009

European Horse-Of-The-Year & 7-time Gr1-winning Coolmore shuttler Rock Of Gibraltar (Danehill-Offshore Boom, by Be My Guest) added a Gr1 triumph when Aga Khan-bred 3YO colt Varenar (Rock Of Gibraltar-Visor, by Mr Prospector) scored by a short-head against older rivals in the €250,000 (A$425,000) Gr1 Prix de la Foret (1400m) at Longchamp. Varenar (ridden by Stephane Pasquier for trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre) defeated US-bred 3YO filly & stable-mate Sweet Hearth (Touch Gold-Sweet Gold, by Gilded Time) & Irish-bred 4YO mare Goldikova (Anabaa-Born Gold, by Blushing Groom). Overall Varenar now has 4 wins & 5 placings (including runner-up in both September's Gr3 prix Du Pin over 1400m at Longchamp & June's Gr3 Prix De La Porte Maillot over 1400m at Longchamp) from 10 starts for €243,525 (A$414,000) earnings.

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