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France: Diamilina wins sprint for Group 2 prize.

Byline: Desmond Stoneham

The Group 2 Prix de Malleret was a typical French race-no early pace and a sprint finish.

As long-time leader Sugar Mill dropped away, it became a ding-dong battle between Diamilina, Volga and Shamdara, who appeared least suited to the way the race was run.

Diamilina, under Olivier Peslier, finally had a neck to spare over Volga, with the Aga Khan's Shamdara the same distance away third.

The winner is trained by Andr Fabre, who, up until a few weeks ago, also had Volga, who was one of 42 horses moved to Elie Lellouche by owner Daniel Wildenstein.

Diamilina is owned and bred by France Galop president Jean-Luc Lagardre, and his racing manager Roland de Longevialle said: "Diamilina won with something in hand. She has been improving physically all season and has gone from winning a minor event at Fontainebleau to a Group 2 race at Saint-Cloud.

"She confirmed her class and will now be given a break before being prepared for the Prix Vermeille in September."

Rider Dominique Boeuf said of Volga: "I thought I was going to win. I was a little hampered as the leader faded in the straight and then the winner accelerated again."

Grald Moss, who rode Shamdara, said: "She was very green and totally unsuited by a lack of early pace. In hindsight, maybe I should have gone on and made it a gallop."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 2, 2001
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