Rock rated best of Moulin winners; Ask the Anorak.
I have a 1965 Longchamp racecard that shows that the Prix du Moulin was run on the same day as the Arc. When did the race change dates? Who do you rate the best Moulin winner?
Laurie Williamson Weston Longville, Norfolk
The Anorak says: The Prix du Moulin was inaugurated in 1957 (along with the Prix de l'Abbaye) and was run on the Arc card until moved to an earlier date in 1974.
The best winner may have been Rock Of Gibraltar in 2002, his victory making him the first horse to win seven successive Group 1s, but the dual 2,000 Guineas hero did not show his best form in the Moulin, scoring by half a length.
The half-dozen best winning performances in the race were recorded by Hula Dancer (1963), Habitat (1969), Sallust (1972), Northjet (1981), Green Forest (1982) and Miesque (1987).
Habitat was the best British-trained Moulin winner, scoring by two lengths in a field that also included Welsh Pageant and Right Tack. His decisive victory was superior in merit to Park Top's narrow defeat in the Arc half an hour before, but the colt received much less publicity than the mare because he was 'only' a miler.
What happened to Huntingdale? I remember backing him when he won the Dewhurst in 1985.
Paul Tomkinson Nantwich
The Anorak says: The 1985 Dewhurst Stakes was the only race Huntingdale ever won, and not even then was he the best horse in the field.
Trained by Jeremy Hindley and ridden by Michael Hills, the 12-1 shot beat Bakharoff by three-quarters of a length in the Dewhurst, but it was Bakharoff who was officially rated champion two-year-old after winning the Futurity (now Racing Post Trophy).
Huntingdale was third behind Dancing Brave in the Guineas, but his form then deteriorated. He was not a great success at stud in Ireland, and when last heard of he was a stallion in Zimbabwe.
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Oct 20, 2006|
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