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Saonois Wins Gr1 French Derby

Monday, 4th June 2012

In France overnight, the colt Saonois (Chichicastenango-Saonoise, by Homme De Loi) came from the tail of the field to score a 0.75-length victory in the €1.5 million (A$1.92m) Gr1 Prix Du Jockey Club-French Derby (2100m) for 3YOs at Chantilly. Saonois (ridden by Antoine Hamelin for trainer Jean-Pierre Gauvin) defeated Irish-bred colt Saint Baudolino (Pivotal-Alessandria, by Sunday Silence) & US-bred colt Nutello (Lemon Drop Kid-Nutcase, by Forest Wildcat). Saonois took his record to 6 wins (also including April's Gr3 Prix La Force over 2000m at Longchamp & February's Listed Prix Policeman over 2500m at Cagnes-Sur-Mer) & 6 placings from 12 starts for €991,400 (A$1.269m) earnings.

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