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Invincible Spirit Adds French Gr3
Former European Champion 1st Season Sire & Chatswood Stud shuttler Invincible Spirit (Green Desert-Rafha, by Kris) added a French group success overnight when 5YO UK-bred mare Beyond Desire (Invincible Spirit-Compradore, by Mujtahid) scored by a short-head in the €80,000 (A$99,000) Gr3 Prix De Saint-Georges (1000m) at Longchamp. Beyond Desire (ridden by Jamie Spencer for trainer Roger Varian) defeated Irish-bred 5YO gelding Monsieur Joe (Choisir-Pascali, by Compton Place) & 3YO filly Calahorra (Soave-Kendorya, by Kendor). Beyond Desire was a £55,000 (A$83,000) yearling at the 2008 Doncaster August Sale. Overall she now has 4 wins (also including April's Listed Lansdown Fillies Stakes over 5 furlongs at Bath, plus 2010's Listed Cecil Frail Stakes over 6 furlongs at Haydock) & 3 runners-up (in 2011's Gr3 Sandown Sprint Stakes over 5 furlongs at Sandown Park, plus 2010's Irish Gr3 Ballyogan Stakes over 6 furlongs at Leopardstown & 2009's Gr2 Lowther Stakes over 6 furlongs at York) from 16 starts.