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Invincible Spirit Adds French Gr3
In France overnight, former European Champion 1st Season Sire & Chatswood Stud shuttler Invincible Spirit (Green Desert-Rafha, by Kris) added a group success when Irish-bred 5YO entire Allied Powers (Invincible Spirit-Always Friendly, by High Line) flashed home from the tail of the field to grab the lead in the final strides & score by a head in the €80,000 (A$116,000) Gr3 Prix D'Hedouville (2400m) for 4YOs & up at Longchamp in Paris. Allied Powers (ridden by Ioritz Mendizabal for trainer Michael Bell) defeated UK-bred 6YO entire Mores Wells (Sadler's Wells-Endorsement, by Warning) & favoured fellow Irish-bred 4YO entire Aizavoski (Monsun-Arlesienne, by Alzao). Allied Powers was a 62,000 guineas (A$105,000) yearling at the 2006 UK Tattersalls October Sale; overall he now has 6 wins (also including 2009's UK Listed Braveheart Stakes over 12 furlongs at Hamilton Park) & 7 placings (including 2009's UK Gr2 York Stakes over 10 furlongs at York, Irish Gr3 Kilternan Stakes over 10 furlongs at Leopardstown & Irish Listed Oyster Stakes over 12 furlongs at Galway) from 21 starts.