Trees fells Abbaye foes

The great record of overseas raiders in the Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye was preserved as Bryan Smart’s Tangerine Trees made just about every yard of the running.

Trees fells Abbaye foes

The great record of overseas raiders in the Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye was preserved as Bryan Smart’s Tangerine Trees made just about every yard of the running.

Having blasted out of the stalls by Tom Eaves in the middle of the track, he had Mar Adentro for company until the final furlong.

Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Secret Asset and the Eddie Lynam-trained Sole Power flashed home for minor honours, but it was Beverley Bullet winner Tangerine Tress who held on for an outstanding triumph.

The six-year-old had won at Newmarket on his first start of the season but flopped badly at Haydock and Ascot before bouncing back to form last time out, giving away weight to all of his rivals.

Sent off at 14-1, Tangerine Trees became the ninth British-trained winner of the Abbaye in 10 years.

Nunthorpe winner Margot Did never got involved under Jamie Spencer, while Prohibit found things happening too quickly.

A delighted Eaves, registering his first Group One success, said: ``It's brilliant - I can't really believe it at the minute.

“He’s progressed all the time and to win, that is just icing on the cake.

“I knew he was very quick but he got there very easily and I just tried to hang on to him for as long as I could and kick for home then.

“To win a first Group One is very special.”

Chapple-Hyam said of runner-up Secret Asset: ``I'm absolutely thrilled. He's run a colossal race.

“He might have been a massive price but at least we’ve been competitive.

“I would think he will go to Dubai for the Carnival now.”

Keagan Latham, rider of Sole Power, said: “As small as he is, he’s as tough as nails and when I eventually got out he absolutely flew home.”

Lynam added: “We were possibly a shade unlucky in running.

“This was supposed to be his last race of the year but after a run like that we’ll have a think about it now.”

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