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Invincible Spirit Adds French Gr3
Former European Champion 1st Season Sire & Victorian shuttler Invincible Spirit (Green Desert-Rafha, by Kris) added a French group success when owner-breeder George Strawbridge's favoured UK-bred 4YO mare Moonlight Cloud (Invincible Spirit-Ventura, by Spectrum) returned from an 8-months spell to score a 2-lengths victory in the €80,000 (A$102,000) Gr3 Prix Du Palais-Royal (1400m) at Longchamp in Paris to improve on her runner-up in this same race last year. Moonlight Cloud (ridden by Thierry Jarnet for trainer Freddy Head) defeated 5YO mare So Long Malpic (Fairly Ransom-Poussiere D'or, by Marchand De Sable) & US-bred 3YO colt Aesop's Fables (Distorted Humor-Abhisheka, by Sadler's Wells). Moonlight Cloud took her record to 6 wins (also including 2011's Gr1 Prix Maurice De Gheest over 1300m at Deauville, Gr3 Prix De La Porte Maillot over 1400m at Longchamp & Gr3 Prix Imprudence over 1400m at Maisons-Laffitte) & a runner-up (in 2011's Gr3 Prix Du Palais-Royal over 1400m at Longchamp) from 10 starts for €335,647 (A$430,000) earnings.