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France: Peslier stars as Anani lands Listed success.

Byline: Desmond Stoneham

ED Dunlop's Anani gained a deserved Listed-race success following some solid efforts in top handicaps when squeaking home under a fine ride from Olivier Peslier in the Grand Prix du Lion d'Angers at Le Lion-d'Angers, writes Desmond Stoneham.

Peslier never gave the favourite, Weightless, a moment's peace in front and, already nudging 21-10 shot Anani along approaching the short home straight, drew alongside passing the furlong marker.

Weightless refused to go down meekly but Peslier was at his most forceful on the British raider, who again displayed a high head carriage but knuckled down well enough to score by a head and give his Newmarket handler a winner with his first runner at this tight provincial track. Ridaar, who was giving the first two 4lb each, was a length and a half back in third.

This race gave Peslier his first big success as a callow 17-year-old when touching off Cash Asmussen in 1990.

The four-time French champion said: "Anani fought well and may need a bit further."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 2, 2003
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