Treve repeated as the Arc winner, Wise Dan was gutsy and impressive at Keeneland and a Hong Kong horse won in California as only some of the highlights of a jam-packed weekend of quality racing
Also, Cirrus Des Aigles finished first in France but was disqualified down to fifth, Close Hatches was defeated in Kentucky and a whole slew of youngsters got on the board in preparation for later triumphs.
Let's get cruising.
Treve, the brilliant winner of last year's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Tromphe, came into this year's edition winless in a year and with many a question mark surrounding her condition. She answered all those questions -- and more-- with a devastating turn of foot into the stretch on Sunday at Longchamp, quickly opening 5 lengths on a field full of superstars. With Thierry Jarnet at the controls, the 4-year-old Motivator filly was in complete control with Flintshire running a brilliant race, too, only to finish 2 lengths in arrears in second. Trailing Flintshire were Classic winners Taghrooda and Kingston Hill. Spaced out in the remainder of the order of finish were the likes of the Japanese trio of Harp Star (sixth), Just A Way (eighth) and Gold Ship (14th); Ruler of the World (ninth); Al Kazeem (10th); Tapestry (13th); and Ivanhowe (18th). Treve's trainer, Criquette Head-Maarek, had kept faith with her filly even when she disappointed in her last start, finishing fourth in the Group 1 Prix Vermeille on Sept. 14. The trainer said she was confident before the Arc. "The only problem was, everyone was saying she should be retired. But today, she was back to her best. Last year, I had a horse I knew was going to win. This year, I had a horse that was not at 100 percent." She announced immediately after the race that Treve is retired. Taghrooda, the Oaks and King George winner, suffered the effects of a poor draw but never looked like threatening Treve in the late going. Trainer John Gosden said Taghrooda also likely is retired, adding, "the only other possible race would be the Breeders' Cup Turf." He said that decision would come from the owner, Sheik Hamdan al Maktoum. The outcome of the race was a crushing blow to Japanese hopes. After three recent heartbreaking second-place finishes, this year's invaders were expected to make the final leap to the top. Harp Star and Just A Way both mounted late challenges only to find themselves well out of contention. Gold Ship tossed in a clunker.
More from Longchamp after the Breeders' Cup divisions.
Wise Dan, the reigning, two-time U.S. Horse of the Year, returned to the scene of his last defeat and overcame trouble to win Saturday's $1 million, Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile by 1 length over Grand Arch. Sayaad finished third with Kaigun fourth and Silver Max fifth. Wise Dan was slow from the gate and struggled through the early furlongs before jockey John Velazquez got him settled midway down the backstretch. He rallied six-wide around the turn and into the stretch and was up late to win by 1 length, scoring his second win since undergoing colic surgery in May. He finished in 1:35.62 over good turf. Wise Dan, a 7-year-old gelding by Wiseman's Ferry, now has won 14 of his last 15 starts, a string that includes the last two Breeders' Cup Miles. His only loss in that time was in last year's Shadwell Turf Mile -- a heat that was moved off the turf and run through torrential rain on the old Keeneland all-weather course. "The way this unfolded, for him to win the way he did, he ran a great race," said winning trainer Charlie LoPresti. "Johnny did a great job. He didn't panic. It was the same kind of thing that happened in the Breeders' Cup last year. He kinda stumbled a few steps out of the gate and wasn't where we wanted him to be but he still overcame it." LoPresti said he and owner Morton Fink are considering whether to detour Wise Dan from a third straight Breeders' Cup Mile to the $5 million Classic. "He's trained so well over the dirt this year at Saratoga and here, I think if we're ever going to try it, this would be the year. You just don't know how many he has in him, a horse of this age. And whether he'll get a mile and a quarter, I don't know. I guess the only way to find out is to try."
Big Bane Theory raced off the pace into the stretch in Saturday's $200,000, Grade II City of Hope Mile at Santa Anita, surged to the lead outside the early speed at the top of the lane and won by 1 1/2 lengths over Mr. Commons. Avanzare got home third. Big Bane Theory, a 5-year-old son of Artie Schiller, ran 1 mile on firm turf in 1:32.38 with Joe Talamo in the irons. Starspangledheat was a late scratch. It was his fourth career win and first in a stakes. "He's such an easy horse to train," said winning conditioner Carla Gaines. "I was just thinking to myself, I just hope Joe sits because they were going to come back to him. He saved ground. He rode him so beautifully."
Dayatthespa shadowed the early pace in Saturday's $400,000, Grade I First Lady Stakes for fillies and mares at Keeneland, shot to the lead in the stretch run and won by 1 1/4 lengths over Better Lucky despite getting out in the final yards. The favorite, Filimbi, ran well late to finish third, just a neck farther back with Centre Court and Somali Lemonade also in close attendance in the wake of the leaders. Dayatthespa, a 5-year-old City Zip mare, ran 1 mile on good turf in 1:35.21 with John Velazquez up. She is a multiple graded stakes winner, including a victory in the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland in 2012. "She finished unbelievable, really, really good," Velazquez said. "She started to look around a little bit around the sixteenth pole, so I hit her one time to keep her mind running but she was doing really well."
Rhagori caught caught pacesetting favorite Kathleen Rose in the final yards to win Saturday's $75,000 Swingtime Stakes for fillies and mares at Santa Anita by a neck. Floral Romance finished third. Rhagori, a 5-year-old, British-bred mare by Exceed and Excell, ran 1 mile on firm going in 1:33.91 with Joe Talamo up for trainer Simon Callaghan and owner Michael House.
Ring Weekend found room between rivals in deep stretch in Saturday's $500,000, Grade III Hill Prince Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park, got through and won by 1/2 length after a sound bump with runner-up Daddy's Kid. Smooth Daddy finished third, 3/4 length farther back. Ring Weekend, a Tapit gelding, finished 9 furlongs over an inner turf course rated soft in a slow 1:55.56 with Irad Ortiz Jr. in the irons. The stewards disallowed a claim of foul resulting from the late contact. Ring Weekend finished fifth in this year's Preakness but now has two straight Grade III wins on the grass. Terry Finley, president of the co-owning West Point Thoroughbreds, said there was some concern about running on the soft turf. And he said, "Quite frankly, at the eighth pole, I really would have given anything to be on the board. He really surged the last part of it. He had to work for every part of it. It's a good win."
No Nay Never returned with a bang after a long layoff to win Saturday's $150,000, Grade III Woodward Stakes at Keeneland with some authority. With Mike Smith up for trainer Wesley Ward, the Scat Daddy colt dueled with Spring to the Sky, took a short lead in the stretch and held off Mongol Bull at the end to win by 1/2 length. The colt, making his first start since March, finished 5 1/2 furlongs on good turf in 1:03.59. Ward campaigned No Nay Never last year at Royal Ascot before returning to his home turf. Asked if No Nay Never is better on the grass than the main track, Ward said, ""No, I think he can do both. This turf course here is just so kind and forgiving. He's a big, blocky, extremely fast horse. I thought this would be a great spot to bring him back and springboard him back into what we're going to do." He said he will talk to the owners said see "what direction they want to go ... more likely than not, the Breeders' Cup Sprint" on the main track at Santa Anita.
Rich Tapestry is set to get Hong Kong on the Breeders' Cup map after a gutsy, last-to-first victory in Saturday's $300,000, Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship. The 6-year-old, Irish-bred gelding by Holy Roman Emperor, with Olivier Doleuze up, chased four tightly-bunched rivals while saving ground into the stretch, then rallied smartly when called upon and won by a nose over the favorite, Goldencents. Secret Circle was third. He had not raced since April and trainer Michael Chang explained, "I could not find a decent race for him in Hong Kong," where most of the top races are on the grass. "He's so good on the dirt, so I took a chance to try my luck here today ... He won a race in Ireland. He won a race in Hong Kong. He won a race in Dubai. And now he's won a race in America." William Nader, executive director of racing for the Hong Kong Jockey Club and a former American racing executive, said, "I believe he could be the first horse based outside the U.S. to have won a 1,200-meter, Grade I race on dirt there in more than 20 years, so this is a tremendous achievement. This is a Hong Kong horse, bred in Ireland, with a French jockey and a local (Hong Kong) trainer and owners, winning on American soil. How great is that?"
Work All Week opened a big lead in the stretch run in Friday's $200,000, Group 3 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland and held on to win by 1 length over C. Zee. Bern Identity finished third. Work All Week, a 5-year-old, Illinois-bred City Zip gelding, ran 6 furlongs on a wet-fast track in 1:09.00 with Florent Geroux in the irons.
Filly & Mare Sprint
Leigh Court rallied wide around the early leaders in Saturday's $200,000, Grade II Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes for fillies and mares at Keeneland and cleared, winning by 3 lenths over Southern Honey. The favorite, Stonetastic, led for a time and held on for show money. Leigh Court, a 4-year-old Grand Slam filly, ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.46 for jockey Gary Boulanger. Based at Woodbine, she was coming off a season-opening win in the Grade III Seaway Stakes at the Canadian course. Winning trainer Josie Carroll said owner and breeder Eugene Melnyk "was hoping for a horse for the Breeders' Cup. We sat down and talked about it, and we thought this was the best direction to take to get there. It worked out just fine."
Top Kisser took command in the stretch run to win Saturday's $100,000, Grade III L.A. Woman Stakes at Santa Anita by 3 3/4 lengths over Tribal Gal. My Happy Face finished third and Emerald Downs star Stopshoppingdebbie, the favorite, weakened late after a bobble at the start and finished next-last of six. Top Kisser, a 5-year-old Old Topper mare, ran 6 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:14.84 with Elvis Trujillo in the irons. Top Kisser has been a steady performer in the Southern California stakes ranks but was making her first appearance in a graded event. "If I can get her in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, I'd like to do that," said winning trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. "I don't know if we'll get in but we'll see."
East Hall collared pacesetting Vicar's In Trouble in the stretch run to win Saturday's $500,000, Grade II Indiana Derby at Indiana Grand by 1 length over that rival. Just Call Kenny was along for third. East Hall, a Florida-bred gelding by Graeme Hall, ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:42.25 with Luis Saez up for trainer William Kaplan.
Ever Rider ran down Village Warrior in the late going to take Saturday's $200,000 Temperence Hill Invitational at Belmont Park by 1/2 length. Carey Street was third and Slim Shadey checked in fourth. Ever Rider, a 6-year-old, Argentine-bred son of Rider Stripes, ran 1 5/8 miles on a sloppy, sealed track in 2:46.03 with Javier Castellano riding. Trainer Marya Montoya said she is thinking about the Grade III Las Vegas Marathon on the undercard of the first day of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, Oct. 31.
Lukes Alley came from off the pace to win Saturday's $150,000 (Canadian) Durham Cup on the Woodbine all-weather course by 3/4 length over late-running His Race to Win. Are You Kidding Me led the way and finished third. Lukes Alley, a 4-year-old Flower Alley colt, ran 9 furlongs in 1:49.23 with Luis Contreras in the irons.
Don't Tell Sophia rallied from last of six to win Sunday's $500,000, Grade I Juddmonte Spinster at Keeneland as the odds-on favorite, Close Hatches, faded from the lead to finish fourth. Last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner, Ria Antonia, finished second, 2 1/2 length in arrears, after leading briefly, and Molly Morgan completed a $750.40 trifecta payout. Don't Tell Sophia, a 6-year-old Congaree mare, ran 9 furlongs on a fast track in 1:49.80 with Joe Rocco up. "We knew she'd make a run at the three-eighths and just hoped she'd have enough to run them down," said winning trainer Phil Sims. He said he is sure Don't Tell Sophia will use the "Win and You're In" pass to the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Joel Rosario, who rode Close Hatches, said his filly didn't have her normal response when challengted by Ria Antonia. "Probably today was not her day," he opined.
Tiz Windy took the lead late in Saturday's $200,000, Grade II Indiana Oaks at Indiana Grand and scooted clear to win by 2 3/4 lengths. The favorite, Unbridled Forever, led briefly in the stretch run but settled for second. The early leader, Penwith, finished third. Tiz Windy, a Tiznow filly, ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:42.70 with Brian Hernandez Jr. up for trainer Carl Nafzger.
Carpe Diem seized the lead in the lane in Saturday's $500,000, Grade I Claiborne Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland and kicked well clear, winning by 6 1/4 lengths over Mr. Z. Bold Conquest was another 5 3/4 lengths in arrears in third. Carpe Diem, a Giant's Causeway colt out of the Unbridled's Song mare Rebridled Dreams, ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:43.38 with John Velazquez up. He won at first asking at Saratoga and now is undefeated in two starts. "He ran great at Saratoga and then to come here in a Grade 1 like this and put it all together like that around two turns, it's very exciting," said Elliott Walden of WinStar Farm, which owns Carpe Diem with Stonestreet Stables. "This horse is a beautiful horse. He's got a great pedigree and we are hoping to make a stallion. I think we did that today."
Daredevil sat just off the pace early in Saturday's $500,000, Grade I Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park, assumed the lead when asked by jockey Javier Castellano and won pretty much at will. Upstart finished 2 1/2 lengths in arrears in second and The Truth Or Else, after bumping with the winner at the break, finished third. Daredevil, a More Than Ready colt, ran the one-turn mile in the slop in 1:36.62 under Javier Castellano. He won in his first try at Belmont on Sept. 13. "I thought it was very impressive," said winning trainer Todd Pletcher. "He rated kindly and did everything you would hope one would do. He finished really well and I couldn't be more pleased. His training for us has been really impressive in the mornings."
International Star got by the favorite, Conquest Typhoon, in deep stretch to win Sunday's $150,000 (Canadian), Grade III Grey Stakes at Woodbine by 1 1/4 lengths over that rival. Hollywood Critic was third. International Star, a Fusaichi Pegasus colt, ran 1 1/4 miles on the all-weather course in 1:45.15 under Rafael Hernandez. He is owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Michael Maker.
Sing Praises rallied to the lead in the stretch run of Saturday's $350,000 In Reality Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes and held off Royal Squeeze to win by a nose in a mild upset. Honor Earned finished third and the favorite, Twotwentyfive A, settled for fourth. Sing Praises, a Hear No Evil colt, ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:45.79 with Ramsey Zimmerman in the irons. Sing Praises won the first leg of the FSS series but finished second in the middle leg.
Blofeld stalked the pace in Sunday's $200,000, Grade II Futurity at Belmont Park, took the lead with a sixteenth left and won by 3/4 length over Hebbronville. The early leader, Cinco Charlie, finished third. Blofeld, a Quality Road colt, ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.49 with John Velazquez up.
Lawn Ranger stalked the pace in Sunday's $250,000, Grade III Dixiana Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland, put away the leader entering the stretch and held off Danny Boy to win by 1/2 length. Can't Happen Here, the favorite, was along for third. Lawn Ranger, a U.S. Ranger colt out of a Dynaformer mare, ran 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:44.41 with Chris Landeros up.
Luck of the Kitten set a pressured pace in Sunday's $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes at Santa Anita, then finally worked clear in the late going to win by 1 3/4 lengths over Red Button. John's Success succeeded in winning show money. Luck of the Kitten, a Kitten's Joy colt owned and bred by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, ran 1 mile on firm going in 1:34.84 with Corey Nakatani up.
By the Moon shadowed the pace in Saturday's $500,000, Grade I Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park, went to the front approaching the stretch and held on well to win by 2 1/4 lengths over Wonder Gal. Feathered finished third. By the Moon, an Indian Charlie filly, ran 1 mile on a sloppy, sealed track in 1:39.42 for jockey Jose Ortiz. She won at first asking at Saratoga in July, then finished second in the Grade 1 Spinaway at the Spa in her last race before the Frizette. "She's always been extremely smart and very professional," said winning trainer Michelle Nevin. "In her first race she did everything she was expected to do as a racehorse. Even in her second race it wasn't the greatest trip. She had to go a little wide and maybe it was speed biased that day. She still tried to make her run. Today, she just took control."
Peace and War broke last of 12 in Friday's $400,000, Grade I Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland, moved up around the turn and had to steady at the top of the stretch, then still had enough to get there first, winning by 1/2 length over Top Decile. Paige finished third and the favorite, Gap Year, ran evenly to finish seventh. Peace and War, a War Front filly, got 1/16 miles on a wet-fast track in 1:44.86 with Julien Leparoux up.
Conquest Harlanate came from off the pace in a tightly bunched field to win Sunday's $150,000 (Canadian), Grade III Mazarine Stakes on the Woodbine all-weather by 2 1/4 lengths over Brooklynsway. Del Cielo finished third. Conquest Harlanate, a Harlan's Holiday filly, ran 1 1/4 miles in 1:45.22 under Patrick Husbands.
Holywell led from the start in Saturday's $350,000 My Dear Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes at Gulfstream Park, then easily held off the favorite, Moment of Delight, in the final sixteenth to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Awesome Ice finished third in the restricted event. Holywell, a daughter of Exclusive Quality, ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:46.08 under Orlando Bocachica. She finished sixth in the initial leg of the FSS, then won the middle rung before capping the series with Saturday's win.
Paulassilverlining rallied wide around the early leaders in the stretch run in Sunday's $200,000, Grade 2 Matron at Belmont Park and edged clear to score by 1 1/4 length from Skipalute. Efrybdymstgetstonz led early and held third while the favorite, Paris Bikini, tired to get home fifth. Paulassilverlining, a Ghostzapper filly, ran 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:10.86 for Jose Ortiz.
Juvenile Fillies Turf
Her Emmynency took over in the lane in Sunday's $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes at Santa Anita, winning off by 2 3/4 lengths. She's Complete was second and Bobbi Grace completed the trifecta. Her Emmynency, a daughter of Successful Appeal, ran the 1 mile on firm turf in 1:34.77 under Joe Talamo.
Cirrus Des Aigles led throughout Saturday's Group 2 Prix Dollar at Longchamp, held on desperately to finish first by a head over Fractional but then was disqualified and placed fifth for bumping with that rival in the late going. The decision advanced Hippy and Falling Out to second and third. Cirrus Des Aigles, an 8-year-old Even Top gelding, had won three straight races coming into the Longchamp fixture after a rocky patch around the New Year. He also was second to Gentildonna in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan in March. Fractional now has four straight wins while stepping up in class. The 5-year-old Manduro gelding won a Group 3 event at Maison Laffite in his last previous start.
Solow won Saturday's Group 2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein by a comfortable 1/2 length from Veda with Sommerabend third. Solow, a 4-year-old Singspiel gelding, got the 1 mile on good turf in 1:36.59, picking up his third straight win.
Frine rallied from last of 10 to win Saturday's Group 2 Prix de Royallieu for fillies and mares by a short neck over Mayhem. Zarshana finished third, a head farther back and 2 1/2 lengths to the good of Shared Account. Frine, a 4-year-old High Chaparral filly, won for the sixth time from nine starts, finishing slightly more than 1 1/2 miles in 2:37.29.
Move In Time collared Rangali in the final yards to win Saturday's Group 1 QNB Prix de l'Abbaye by a head with Moviesta another head back in third. Move In Time, with Daniel Tudhope up, was scoring a huge upset in the race as the general favorite, Sole Power, was caught in traffic through much of the 5-furlongs sprint and could only finish eighth when he got free to run. The 6-year-old gelding by Monsieur Bond won for just the seventh time in his 39th start. Sole Power, by comparison, won the Group 1 King's Stand and Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes earlier this year.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien has found another potential star in Found, who powered to the front in the final furlong of Sunday's Group 1 Total Prix Marcel Boussac for 2-year-old fillies. The Galileo filly, with Ryan Moore aboard, quickly kicked clear when given rein and won by 2 1/2 lengths with Ervedya beating the others. Found won her first start at the Curragh in August, then finished third last month in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the same course. She immediately moved onto the boards for next year's 1,000 Guineas and Oaks.
O'Brien appeared to have another in the bag as Gleneagles got home first by 1/2 length in the Group 1 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere for 2-year-olds. But Gleneagles was disqualified and placed third, promoting Full Mast and Territories to first- and second- place awards. The stewards ruled Gleneagles drifted right, impeding both of the promoted rivals. Full Mast, an American-bred Mizzen Mast colt, now is 3-for-3 for trainer Criquette Head-Maarek. The Wow Signal finished last of nine, fading badly late.
We Are had to make room between rivals early in the straight in Sunday's Group 1 Prix de l'Opera Longines, then found another gear in the final 100 yards and was up to win by a neck over Ribbons. Hadatha was third and the well-fancied Tarfasha finished fourth. We Are, a Dansili filly, now has two official wins from five starts. She has finished first four times but was stripped of two of the victories as a result of a finding involving a banned substance.
Olympic Glory surged to the lead with 50 yards left in Sunday's Group 1 Qatar Prix de la Foret and quickly shook clear, winning by 2 length from Gordon Lord Byron. Noozoh Canaris finished third. Olympic Glory, a 4-year-old colt by Choisir, finished 7 furlongs on the good turf in a quick 1:17.73 under Frankie Dettori, winning for the first time since taking the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May. Trainer Richard Hannon said no decision has been taken about Olympic Glory's future. Tom Hogan, who trains Gordon Lord Byron, said he could be ticketed for British Champions Day and possibly Hong Kong.
With Lord Kanaloa retired and the Hong Kong star staying home, the sprinters ranks in Japan were due for a shakeup. And they got one in Saturday's Group 1 Sprinters Stakes at Niigata, as Snow Dragon was found first in a photo that involved 10 horses within 2 lengths at the wire. Snow Dragon, a 6-year-old son of Admire Cozzene, scored by a narrow margin over Straight Girl, picking up the first group stakes win of his career. He had the advantage of a wide draw, away from the better-used portion of the course. The race was moved to Niigata this year while restorations are in process at the race's normal home, Nakayama.
Gold-Fun, runner-up in last season's Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Mile, took back behind the early leaders in Sunday's HK Group 3 Celebration Cup at Sha Tin, then found himself blocked inside rivals until a hole opened with some 150 yards to run. He shot through and went on to 3/4 length. Super Lifeline was second, just in front of Hong Kong's reigning Horse of the Year, Designs on Rome. California Memory, two-time winner of the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Cup, ran well late to finish seventh, but only 2 lengths in arrears of the winner. "He's some machine," trainer Richard Gibson said of Gold-Fun. "We're looking forward to a good season with this horse."
Pether's Moon tracked the leader in Saturday's Group 2 BMW Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot, went to the front inside the 2-furlongs marker and was good enough to last by a neck over Parish Hall. Encke was third, 3/4 length farther in arrears, after providing a steady early gallop for the five-horse field. Pether's Moon, a 4-year-old Dylan Thomas colt, won for the fourth time from 14 starts, backing up his victory last time out in the International Bosphorus Cup in Istandbul.
Integral won from the front in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, holding on well at the end to finish 1 length to the good of Miss France. Fintry was third and Sky Lantern got home sixth, beating only one, and was retired on Sunday. Integral, a 4-year-old Dalakini filly, now has won three of her last four starts, including the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket in June.
Lucia Valentina emerged victorious in Saturday's Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington, getting home 1/2 length to the good of Lidari. Brambles finished third in the 1 1/4-miles event on the grass. The Offer finished sixth in a field of 16 starters.
Hong Kong-based rider Joao Moreira got He's Your Man up on the wire to win Saturday's Group 1 Epsom Handicap at Randwick. Royal Descent was the disappointing second in the 1-mile events. It was Moreira's first Group 1 win in Australia.