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Longchamp: Jarvis mystified by Holding Court flop.

Holding Court was virtually pulled up in the Group 2 Prix du Conseil de Paris, which went to Crimson Quest and Olivier Peslier from Slew The Red and Folie Danse.

Philip Robinson never looked happy on the Prix du Jockey-Club winner, who was never striding out as he has done in the past.

Holding Court was given a slap four furlongs out but this failed to have any effect on the colt, who was taken wide of his rivals at the entrance to the straight. He then just cantered home to finish 15 lengths behind his nearest rival.

Crimson Quest took control of the race in the closing stages to win with something in hand.

Michael Jarvis requested a dope test on Holding Court, and said: "I just can't explain what went wrong.

"I thought Holding Court was back to his best at home but was worried, as he seemed very quiet during the preliminaries."

Robinson added "He ran as if he had something on his mind and was never going at any stage. The colt had no engine and just didn't seem interested.

"I took him wide of the others entering the straight to see if the situation would improve."

Peslier and Andr Fabre were landing their second consecutive Conseil de Paris, and the rider said: "He deserved to win his first Group race. He's an improving horse who likes a good pace."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Stoneham, Desmond
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 16, 2000
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