Brighton 11th May 2005
By Paul Simmons

Track: Good to Firm

The Emirates International Stakes (Group 2) 7 Furlongs:
1. Arsene Rupin N Chalmers
2. Dormah De Brugere Mr P Deymonaz
3. Shahngali R Thomas

Distances: 2, ¾ 8 ran

Winner owned by The Day In Toulouse Partnership. Trained by Miss. G Ward.
Breeder M Jean-Claude Di Francesco.

Georgina Ward has never hidden just how highly she regards Arsene Rupin, whatever he did as a three year old was always going to be a bonus to his four year old campaign. Last season he scored at Southwell on his debut before running a highly encouraging fifth in the Group 1 Abu Dhabi Juvenile Championship at Newmarket. At Brighton on only his third start and his seasonal debut as a four year old Arsene Rupin (Dormane x Djelsomina) came of age with a devastating turn of foot to repel by an easy two lengths multiple Group winner Dormah De Brugere (Dormane x Ballade Folle), with last years winner Shahngali (Bengali D’Albret x Affecshahn (Derbist)) a further three-quarters of length back in third to land the Group 3 event over seven furlongs at odds of 12/1 (selected in this column as a live each way shot). Eau Royal the 4-5 Fav (last years Group 1 Dubai Stakes winner) was caught flat footed and could only finish fifth but remains on course for the Coupe Du Europe at Chantilly on 4th June. Arsene Rupin now heads for the Derby where the step up in trip is sure to suit.

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