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Sharif sees his new star Lixirova take centre stage.

Byline: Desmond Stoneham

Report France Prix Miesque The Prix Miesque is a Group 3 flat horse race in France for two-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run over a distance of 1,400 metres (approximately 7 furlongs) at Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse in late October or early November.  G3 Maisons-Laffitte, 7f turf, 2yo fillies OMAR SHARIF For other persons of the same name, see Omar Sharif (disambiguation).

Omar Sharif (Arabic: عمر الشريف 
 came back from a film festival in Egypt to see his Classic contender Lixirova win her first Group race in style from British challenger Absolute Music and Jamie Spencer Jamie Spencer (born 8 June 1980) is an Irish flat racing jockey who is considered one of the best jockeys currently riding in Britain and Ireland. He has won many of the classic races his first being the 1998 Irish 1,000 Guineas when he partnered Tarascon to victory.  at Maisons-Laffitte yesterday, writes Desmond Stoneham.

Ridden for the first time in public by Gregory Benoit, Lixirova settled comfortably at the head of affairs in the Group 3 Prix Miesque and seemed to enjoy herself on the testing ground Noun 1. testing ground - a region resembling a laboratory inasmuch as it offers opportunities for observation and practice and experimentation; "the new nation is a testing ground for socioeconomic theories"; "Pakistan is a laboratory for studying the use of American .

She was shaken up with just over a furlong left to run and passed the post two lengths ahead of Absolute Music, with the Spanish-trained Ercolani half a length away third.

Trainer David Smaga was landing a hat-trick in the Miesque, and said: "She's very good but very difficult. It was a first Group success for Gregory who rides her at home. The filly enjoyed the cut in the ground, but that's it for this season.

"Next year she will run in the Prix Imprudence and then either the 1,000 Guineas or the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches The Poule d'Essai des Pouliches is a Group 1 flat horse race in France for three-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run over a distance of 1,600 metres (approximately 1 mile) at Longchamp Racecourse in May. It is the French equivalent of the English 1,000 Guineas. . Lixirova could go to Newmarket as she acts well on a straight track."

A delighted Sharif added: "We've always liked this filly a lot but once she sees grass you can't stop her.

"In a few days' time, I'm off to San Domingo for a holiday. The president has lent me his villa and beach."

Absolute Music was putting in her best work at the finish, and trainer Robert Cowell said: "She ran a blinder and never cracked. She is now off to Dubai for the winter."

Spencer went one better in the Group 2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte The Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte is a Group 2 flat horse race in France for two-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run over a distance of 1,200 metres (approximately 6 furlongs) at Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse in October or November.  when winning on the Kevin Ryan-trained Our Jonathan. Ryan said: "He stayed on well and is a very good horse."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 4, 2009
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