CLOUD REIGNS AS DAWN FLOPS.
By DAVE MITCHELL
THERE was no new dawn for the Classic generation at Deauville yesterday as French sprinter Moonlight Cloud stretched her stamina to land the Prix Jacques le Marois.
The 2,000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach was again keen in the early stages and never gave favourite backers much hope as Thierry Jarnet burst for home on 11-4 shot Moonlight Cloud over a furlong out.
The five-year-old mare looked to be heading for clear-cut victory in the onemile contest until Frankie Dettori flew from the pack on Richard Hannon's 18-1 outsider Olympic Glory, who failed by a rapidly diminishing short head.
Intello, the star of the three-year-old French scene, was well held in third with Dawn Approach a poor fifth, looking like a horse who was reaching the end of his tether.
Last June, Moonlight Cloud had given Aussie supermare Black Caviar the fright of her life when running her to a head in the six-furlong Golden Jubilee but has been soundly beaten in both previous starts over yesterday's trip.
However, trainer Freddy Head (inset) never doubted his star performer and was far from surprised by the victory, which was her fourth Group 1 win at Deauville.
"I think with this victory she's joined Miesque and Goldikova among the Deauville legends," said Head. "Thierry said she just relaxed once she hit the front. She stopped a bit but he didn't think she was at the end of her rope. He said she had too much gas and he got there too soon because she was going too well."
FEELING BLUE Guineas hero Dawn Approach finished a disappointing fifth in the Jacques le Marois