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Lilac blossoms in D'Ispahan

Sun, 27 May 2012

Golden Lilac got the better of the hat-trick-seeking Cirrus Des Aigles to make a winning seasonal reappearance in the Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp.

Cirrus Des Aigles was unsurprisingly the 4-7 favourite following victories in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan and the Prix Ganay at Longchamp and held the lead for most of the way in the Group One contest.

But Golden Lilac (6-1) was always close up and when switched from the rail to challenge by Maxime Guyon, Andre Fabre's filly showed a potent turn of foot to get on top close home and score a shade cosily.

Planteur, the Marco Botti-trained Dubai World Cup third, occupied the same position again while Penitent, trained in North Yorkshire by David O'Meara, finished last.