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Maarek Wins France Gr1 Prix De L'Abbaye De Longchamp
On Arc Day at Longchamp in France, 6YO gelding Maarek (Pivotal-Ruby Rocket, by Indian Rocket) scrambled home by a short neck for trainer B.Lalor in the €350,000 Gr1 Prix De L'Abbaye (1000m) for 2YOs+, over 4YO geldings Catcall (One Cool Cat-Jurata, by Polish Precedent) & Hamza (Amadeus Wolf-Lady Shanghai, by Alhaarth). A 130,000 guineas purchase at the 2008 Tattersalls October Book 1 Sale, Maarek took his record to 11 wins (also including last start's Gr3 World Trophy at Newbury, 2012's Gr2 British Champions Sprint, Gr3 Renaissance Stakes at The Curragh & Gr3 Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle) & 7 placings (including Maisons-Laffitte's Gr3 Prix de Seine-Et-Oise & Gr3 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury) from 33 starts for £560,111 earnings.