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Prix du Cadran: Trueshan all class at ParisLongchamp to outstay Stradivarius as James Doyle lands Group One prize

Trueshan pulls clear of Stradivarius to land Group One Prix du Cadran at ParisLongchamp under James Doyle; Alan King's staying star revels in soft conditions in France; watch the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe live on Sky Sports Racing on Sunday at 3.05pm

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Owner Andrew Gemmell enjoyed a successful trip to ParisLongchamp as Trueshan ran out a classy winner of the Prix du Cadran

Trueshan had too much for a gallant Stradivarius as he landed the Qatar Prix du Cadran at ParisLongchamp.

Ridden by James Doyle in place of the suspended Hollie Doyle, the Alan King-trained five-year-old was running for the first time since the Goodwood Cup - a race Stradivarius missed due to ground conditions.

The Arc weekend clash was therefore highly anticipated, albeit on ground seemingly more in favour of Trueshan than Stradivarius.

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Last year's Cadran heroine Princess Zoe was another with her favoured terrain but was the first of the big three to give way, finishing in fifth.

Stradivarius seemed to be enjoying himself for a long way under Frankie Dettori, but right at the business end of the two-and-a-half-mile marathon Trueshan powered away, with Bubble Smart back in third.

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Dan Horsford, Alan King’s assistant trainer and work rider for Trueshan, says the stayer’s victory in the Prix du Cadran makes all his early starts worthwhile, even after a considerable lack of sleep with a new-born baby in the house.

"That was absolutely wonderful," said co-owner Andrew Gemmell. "It's a great day - winning a Group One like the Prix du Cadran. What more can you ask?

"Stradivarius has obviously been a great servant and I'm pleased to beat him today. I've been here for many Arcs in the past, but it's my first time since the course was redeveloped. The rain coming was a godsend."

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Doyle said: "Thankfully we got a nice spot and I could see Frankie quite close to me. He's a dream to ride, he's a real champion."

Of the gallant Stradivarius, jockey Frankie Dettori said: "This ground just blunts his turn of foot and the winner outgalloped me - it's as simple as that.

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"I had nothing left. I was holding on to dear life and when James came I had to go. Bless him, he tries so hard and his courage got him there (to finish second)."

Owner Bjorn Nielsen said: "We got beaten by a better horse on the day, but he ran a great race.

"He's been around a long time, he knows the game and he's got a big heart.

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"I've got to speak to John (Gosden), but I'd say he probably won't (run at Ascot). It's two weeks away and he's had a hard race today.

"You're guaranteed the ground is going to be on the soft side at Ascot. Champions Day is probably the one place he's done poorest at because of the ground."

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