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Gentoo Wins French Gr1 Prix Royal-Oak
In France overnight, favoured 6YO gelding Gentoo (Loup Solitaire-Ifni, by Bering) notched his 2nd successive Gr1 triumph (& 3rd successive group win) with a half-length victory in the €250,000 (A$353,000) Gr1 Prix Royal-Oak (3100m) at Longchamp in Paris. Gentoo (ridden by Christophe-Patrice Lemaire for trainer Alain Lyon) defeated Irish-bred 3YO filly Celtic Celeb (Peintre Celebre-Gaelic Bird, by Gay Mecene) & Irish-bred 4YO entire Opinion Poll (Halling-Ahead, by Shirley Heights). Gentoo was an €11,000 (A$15,500) yearling at the 2005 Deauville December Sale. He took his overall record to 10 wins (also including October's Gr1 Prix Du Cardan over 4000m at Longchamp & September's Gr3 Prix Gladiateur over 3100m at Longchamp) & 23 placings from 41 starts.