Trial win for Dalakhani DALAKHANI boosted his claims for the Prix de l'Arc deTriompheby returning to winning form in the Prix Niel Casino Barriere d'Enghien at Longchamp yesterday. The Aga Khan's colt, trained by Alain de RoyerDupre and ridden by Christophe Soumillon, took the Group Two race over a mile and half from Frankie Dettori's mount Doyen with Vodafone Derby winner Kris Kin only third.
Dalakhani, winner of the French Derby but beaten in the Irish equivalent, led inside the final furlong and had to work hard to hold Doyen.
The Aga Khan said: ``I always said I was aiming Dalakhani at an autumn campaign and it's so far, so good. He's got a very, very good turn of foot.''
Dettori expects to ride Doyen in the Arc. ``He's a very, very good horse and I knew beforehand that we would have a chance,'' the Italian said after the race.
``My fellow just lacked a experience and remember this is a prep for the Arc, and if there is a trainer who can get one length out of him for the next race, it is Andre (Fabre).
Mezzo Soprano gave Godolphin their 102nd Group One success when taking the Prix Vermeille Fouquet's Barriere in the hands of Dettori.
The Darshaan filly bravely held Yesterday after a ding-dong battle throughout the final furlong of the mile-and-ahalf contest.
Easy Ange Gabriel did his big race prospects no harm when making short work of the opposition in the Prix Foy Gray d'Albion Barriere.
The long-odds-on shot led two furlongs out in the hands of Thierry Jarnet and brushed aside Martaline in the final furlong to run out an easy winner of the Group Two race.
Meanwhile, Aidan O'Brien has said that Brian Boru could join High Chaparral in the Arc.
The alternative for Saturday's Seabiscuit St Leger winner is the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita.
And Vinnie Roe, who landed an historic third successive victory in the Irish St Leger on Saturday, will head to Longchamp for his next outing.
Trainer Dermot Weld believes his tough five-yearold deserves to take his chance in the big race.
``He's come out of the race very well,'' Weld said. ``He's now won nine of his last 11 and we feel he's entitled to a crack at it.''
Ladbrokes: 9-4 (from 2) Dalakhani, 5-2 (from 3) High Chaparral, 7-2 (from 12) Doyen, 10 Ange Gabriel, 10 Islington, 10 Kris Kin, 12 Vinnie Roe, 14 bar.
At the Curragh, One Cool Cat enhanced his reputation as a top-class two-yearold with an impressive victory in the Dunnes Stores National Stakes.
Michael Kinane was trapped on the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt twofurlongs out, butonceOneCool Cat got clear he swallowed up the opposition.
At Musselburgh today Jeepstar (3.15) who ran a blinder when second at York recently, can land the Musselburgh Gold Cup.
And in form Mick Channon's Fools Entire (4.45) is napped as he reverts to maiden company after going close in a handicap at Folkestone recently.