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Cavalryman - Grand Prix de Paris - Longchamp

Cavalryman: Grand Prix de Paris winner is first at Group 1 level for Halling

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Cavalryman strikes to become first Group 1 winner for Halling

Report: France, Tuesday

Longchamp: Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Group 1) 1m4f, 3yo

SHEIKH Mohammed's Cavalryman ran out the decisive winner of the Grand Prix de Paris for trainer Andre Fabre at Longchamp on Tuesday to become the first Group 1 winner for Halling.

Ridden by rising star Maxime Guyon, Cavalryman took charge in the final furlong of the Bastille Day highlight to record a 4-1 success fromBallydoyle's Age Of Aquarius, sent off a 9-2 chance with British bookmakers.

The Aga Khan's much vaunted Beheshtam, the 6-4 favourite, produced a lacklustre performance and was never seen with a chance before finishing sixth.

"He has progressed very well with every race and is certainly a very good horse," said multiple French champion Fabre.

"We will think about the Prix Niel and the Arc but I need to talk it over with Sheikh Mohammed first."

Cavalryman's victory was the second of the night for Fabre and Guyon with a Sheikh Mohammed horse following the impressive success of two-year-old Colonial in a Listed contest.

Guyon, celebrating the biggest win of his nascent career, was overjoyed. "I am so happy not just for myself but all the team," he said. "It was just fantastic and I was just adding the finishing touches."

Johnny Murtagh sent Age Of Aquarius to the front once the Ballydoyle pacemaker Hail Caesar cried enough a couple of furlongs out.

However, as Age Of Aquarius and Mastery knuckled down to the battle, Cavalryman found a powerful stride on the outside and mowed them down inside the final furlong.

Cavalryman scored a decisive verdict by a length and a half over Age Of Aquarius, who outstayed Mastery by a couple of lengths with Freemantle fourth.

Aidan O'Brien was delighted with the runner-up. "He ran really well," said the trainer. "It was a tough race and the colt is getting better with every outing - he fought very well throughout the straight."

Alain de Royer-Dupre could draw no positives from the dismal Beheshtam, who never looked like emulating the stable's 2008 winner Montmartre.

"He had absolutely no action on this occasion," said De Royer-Dupre. "He was hampered at the entrance to the straight andthat didn't help but that is not enough to explain his poor performance. The colt ran well below his best form."

Halling, who was one of the early stars for Godolphin, has arguably been unlucky not to have sired a Group 1 winner before. Among his 20  Group winners are Norse Dancer, who was narrowly touched off in the Juddmonte International, and Oaks runner-up Something Exciting.

The 18-year-old son of Diesis stands at Dalham Hall Stud for £8,000.

Bred by Darley Stud Management, Cavalryman is a half-brother to three winners including the Group 3-placed Finity and out of Silversword, a Group 3-placed daughter of Highest Honor.

She is a sister to Double Honour, a high-class performer under each code who registered placings in the Goodwood Cup and Reynoldstown Novices' Chase. This is also the family of Grade 1 winner Silver Ending.

After selling for €35,000 to Ballyhane Stud at the Goffs November Sale in 2007, Silversword produced a filly by Exceed And Excel. She was barren to Aussie Rules in 2009.







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