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Peintre Celebre Adds French Gr2
Former shuttler Peintre Celebre (Nureyev-Peinture Bleue, by Alydar) added a French group success when his colt Prairie Star (Peintre Celebre-Prairie Runner, by Arazi) scored by a neck in the €130,000 (A$181,000) Gr2 Prix Hocquart (2200m) for 3YOs at Longchamp. Prairie Star (ridden by Christophe Soumillon for trainer Elie Lellouche) defeated fast-finishing Irish-bred colt Grand Vent (Shirocco-Housa Dancer, by Fabulous Dancer) & Irish-bred colt Genius Beast (Kingmambo-Shawanda, by Sinndar). Prairie Star took his record to 4 wins (also including 2010's Gr3 Prix De Conde over 1800m at Longchamp) & 3 placings (including April's Gr3 Prix La Force over 2100m at Longchamp, plus 2010's Gr1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud over 2000m at Saint-Cloud) from 7 starts.