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Persian rules - but only just; FRANCE.

Persian Ruler just held off favourite Arnaqueur in a desperate finish to yesterday's Group 3 Prix d'Hedouville at Longchamp - and in another stride or two the places would have been reversed, writes Desmond Stoneham.

Montjoy, racing for the first time since last May's Prix du Jockey-Club, cut out the early pace and was as much as 20 lengths clear at one point.

Montjoy stuck to his task bravely but could not hold off Public Purse and finally Persian Ruler, who was given a fine ride by Sylvain Guillot.

Olivier Peslier was boxed in a furlong and a half out aboard Arnaqueur, who took off once in the clear, and the pair could be considered a little unlucky.

The Dominique Sepulchre-trained winner, who has already landed several Listed events, was carrying the Helissio colours of Enrique Sarasola.

Sepulchre said: "He never runs a bad race and I am now looking at the Grand Prix de Chantilly. He has won left- handed but might just be better going the other way."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Stoneham, Desmond
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 30, 1999
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