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Moonlight Cloud Wins France Gr1 Prix Maurice de Gheest
At Deauville in France, former European Champion 1st Season Sire & Chatswood Stud shuttler Invincible Spirit (Green Desert-Rafha, by Kris) added a Gr1 success when outstanding 5YO French mare Moonlight Cloud (Invincible Spirit-Ventura, by Spectrum) scored decisively by 1.75-lengths for trainer Freddie Head in the Gr1 Prix Maurice de Gheest (6.5 furlongs) for 3YOs+, over 4YO entire Lethal Force (Dark Angel-Land Army, by Desert Style) & 5YO gelding Gordon Lord Byron (Byron-Boa Estrela, by Intikhab). Moonlight Cloud completed a hat-trick of victories in the Maurice de Gheest, having first claimed the race in 2011, matching the feat of fellow French sprinter Marchand D'Or. This was her fourth Gr1 success overall and took her record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 Prix du Moulin at Longchamp) & 2 placings (including runner-up in the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes to Black Caviar) from 17 starts.