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XAAR A SUPERSTAR; NEWMARKET.

French colt Xaar is even-money favourite for the 2,000 Guineas and 5-1 for the Derby after destroying a top class field in yesterday's Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.

Olivier Peslier pulled Xaar to the outside a furlong and half from home and the race was over in half a dozen strides as the colt quickened clear to beat Tamarisk by seven lengths.

Trainer Andre Fabre, fresh from his Arc success with Peintre Celebre, looks as if he has another world-beater on his hands.

"He worked as well as any juvenile I have worked with," said Fabre.

"He needed a gap and when he got it he shot through. I've no doubt he'll stay the Derby distance next season.

"The plan is to go straight for the 2,000 Guineas and then the Derby."

Peslier said: "I think maybe his sire Zafonic was the best but this horse is not bad either."

There has never been a Classic winner starting with the letter X but this colt looks something else. The only worry about him is that he does not like soft ground.

Tamarisk, owned by a syndicate of 30, was supplemented for the race at a cost of pounds 18,000 and won pounds 38,000 for finishing second.

Harry Herbert, head of the syndicate, said: "We were best of the British and are delighted. We have got a Group horse."

After the defeat of his unbeaten colt Daggers Drawn, who finished sixth of the seven runners, a tight-lipped Henry Cecil trudged off looking the height of dejection.

Pilsudski paid his Arc conqueror Peintre Selvere a big compliment when winning the Dubai Champion Stakes by two lengths from Loup Sauvage.

It was less than two weeks ago that Pilsudski finished second in the Arc but trainer Michael Stoute had few doubts that he had recovered.

"He's a star and as tough as old boots and has a great constitution," said Stoute.

Pilsudski burst through on the rails inside the final furlong and had to survive a stewards' inquiry.

Derby winner Benny The Dip finished second-last on his farewell appearance in this country before going to the States where he will stand as a stallion.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Lynx, Larry
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Oct 19, 1997
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