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Prix du Moulin Circus Not Over Yet
Tipped to be heading south for a tilt at some Melbourne Spring features, a controversial and potentially unconfirmed win on Sunday in the Gr1 Prix du Moulin (1600m) at Longchamp of the Aiden O'Brien-trained Circus Maximus (Galileo-Duntle, by Danehill Dancer) has once again proven his stunning ability over a mile. The Ballydoyle galloper won the Gr1 St James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in tremendous fashion, and was narrowly beaten into 2nd in the Gr1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, calling into question the likelihood of a final declaration in the Cox Plate for the son of Galileo after a last start failure over 2000m at York. Connections won't be spending their Prix du Moulin prize money quite yet however, with Robert Ng, owner of second-placed Romanised (Holy Roman Emperor-Romantic Venture, by Indian Ridge) confirming that he will appeal the France Galop stewards' decision in the coming days. Trainer Ken Condon told the Racing Post: "[Mr Ng] is in Hong Kong but has taken his time to view it. He's a great sportsman but thinks it's a pretty cut and dried case. To be fair to the horse, to his record and career, that's what's going to happen [an appeal]." Ostensibly, Circus Maximus caused interference to Romanised in the final furlong, but jockey Ryan Moore is unwavering in his opinion that the best horse won on the day.