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Lope De Vega Wins Gr1 French Derby
In France overnight, European champion 4-time Gr1-winning Darley shuttler Shamardal (Giant's Causeway-Helsinki, by Machiavellian) added a Gr1 triumph when German-bred colt Lope De Vega (Shamardal-Lady Vettori, by Vettori) notched his 2nd Gr1 success in 3 weeks with a decisive 4-lengths victory in the €1.5 million (A$2.175m) Gr1 Prix du Jockey Club-French Derby (2100m) for 3YOs at Chantilly. Lope De Vega (ridden by Maxime Guyon for trainer Andre Fabre) defeated Irish-bred colt Planteur (Danehill Dancer-Plante Rare, by Giant's Causeway) & fellow colt Pain Perdu (Vespone-Coastline, by Night Shift). At his previous start, Lope De Vega also won France's Gr1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains-2000 Guineas (1600m) at Longchamp & overall now has 4 wins & a placing (in April's Gr3 Prix De Fontainbleau over 1600m at Longchamp) from 6 starts.