Soumillon and Fabre shine again

Christophe Soumillon and Andre Fabre capped a brilliant weekend as Carlotamix took the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud.

Christophe Soumillon and Andre Fabre capped a brilliant weekend as Carlotamix took the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud.

The pair teamed up with Shirocco to land Breeders’ Cup glory in New York on Saturday night and repeated the trick in this Group One contest over a mile.

The ever-confident Soumillon took his mount over to the near side in the straight, bringing Porto Santo with him, while the four other runners stayed on the opposite side of the track.

The rain-softened ground did appear to ride better on the stands side and the son of Linamix, owned by the Aga Khan, romped home as Stormy River led the far side group in second.

Porto Santo was third but Aidan O’Brien’s Poseidon Adventure, ridden by Kieren Fallon, could manage only fourth.

With Dalakhani and Bago progressing from this event to capture the following year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Carlotamix is likely to make his presence felt at the highest level in 2006.

His sire was best over a mile but Fabre, quizzed on plans for the leading sire’s latest star progeny, said: “Next year Carlotamix will maybe run over further.”

Soumillon was on cloud nine.

He said: “It’s been a fantastic year. I was always confident but my horse was pulling early on. I took him over to the far side and the move worked well. He’s a horse I like a lot.”

He added: “This year’s been great both in my professional and private life, I’ve got a baby girl. Yesterday was special with Shirocco winning on my father’s birthday.”

Half an hour later Fallon, who had chased Soumillon home at Belmont Park on Ace in the Turf, could only finish seventh on Irish challenger Common World in the Group Three Prix Perth won by Rageman.

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