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Horse Racing: Tax Free worth wait for Nicholls; REPORT: FRANCE Prix du Petit Couvert G3 Longchamp 5f.

Byline: Desmond Stoneham

DAVID NICHOLLS and his son Adrian had an anxious 20-minute wait after the Prix du Petit Couvert, waiting for the result of a stewards' inquiry that eventually left the pair mightily relieved, writes Desmond Stoneham.

Tax Free made virtually every yard under Adrian Nicholls, and together with Derison they had the race to themselves in the final furlong and a half before the Yorkshire speedster landed the spoils by a neck, with Kourka filling out the frame in third.

Nicholls said: "He's a really lovely horse who tries hard all the time. He could come back for the Abbaye in three weeks' time, and we also have an option to go to Tipperary."

Prix Gladiateur G3 1m71/2f There was an upset in the stayers' race, when odds-on favourite Getaway failed by a neck to catch the provincially trained Varevees, who was given an excellent ride by the veteran Thierry Jarnet.

The pair finished five lengths clear of Le Miracle in third, with British raider Mudawin last, beaten nearly 28 lengths.

A daughter of Kahyasi, Varevees is trained by Joel Boisnard in the west of France, and he said: "Varevees has given me my first Group success, and she would have been even more impressive on softer ground. She now heads for the Prix du Cadran."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 17, 2007
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