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Sergeant Cecil Wins French Gr1 Cadran
The fairytale story of 7YO staying gelding & 2005 British Horse-Of-The-Year Sergeant Cecil (King's Signet-Jadidh, by Touching Wood) continued when he flew home (after travelling last for most of the journey) to score a 0.75-lengths victory in the French €250,000 (A$400,000) Gr 1 Prix du Cadran (4000m) for 4YOs & up at Longchamp. Sergeant Cecil (ridden by Frankie Dettori for trainer Rod Millman) defeated The Aga Khan's Irish-bred Gr1-winning 4YO mare Shamdala (Grand Lodge-Shamadara, by Kahyasi) & German-bred Le Miracle (Monsun-L'Heure Bleue, by Kendor). Upon dismounting Dettori declared: "Did you hear the roar out there? I've never known anything like it & I think he heard the crowd too. What a horse! What a story!" Sergeant Cecil (now regarded as "the people's horse" every time he runs) was bought out of a field for less than £1,000 (A$2,400) & did not win until he was a 4YO; last season he scored "an unprecedented hat-trick of Britain's most valuable staying handicaps" (Northumberland Plate, Ebor Handicap & Cesarewitch) & this season has added the UK Gr2 Lonsdale Cup (16 furlongs) at York in August & Gr2 Doncaster Cup (18 furlongs) at York in September. Meanwhile gallant mare Shamdala (who won this season's Italian Gr1 Gran Premio Di Milano over 2400m at San Siro in June & French Gr2 Prix Vicomtesse Vigier over 3100m at Longchamp in May, plus last year's French Gr2 Prix Hubert Chaudenay over 3000m & Gr3 Prix De Lutece over 3000m both at Longchamp) "will have just 1 more run, possibly in Hong Kong, before she retires to stud," reported racingpost.co.uk.