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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 7YO entire Allied Powers (Invincible Spirit-Always Friendly, by High Line) scored by a head in the €80,000 (A$100,000) Gr3 Prix D'Hedouville (2400m) for 4YOs & up at Longchamp in Paris to claim this race for the 2nd time in 3 years (having also won in 2010). Allied Powers (ridden by Ioritz Mendizabal for trainer Michael Bell) defeated Irish-bred favoured 4YO mare Solemia (Poliglote-Brooklyn's Dance, by Shirley Heights) & fellow 4YO mare Molly Malone (Lomitas-Moonlight Melody, by Law Society). Allied Powers took his record to 8 wins (also including 2010's French Gr2 Grand Prix De Chantilly over 2400m at Chantilly & French Gr3 Prix D'Hedouville over 2400m at Longchamp, plus 2009's UK Listed Braveheart Stakes over 12 furlongs at Hamilton) & 10 placings (including last month's UK Gr3 John Porter Stakes over 12 furlongs at Newbury, plus 2011's French Gr2 Grand Prix De Chantilly over 2400m at Chantilly & UK Gr3 Ormonde Stakes over 13.5 furlongs at Chester, as well as 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 34 starts.