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Noble denied in Munich Mission

Noble Mission had to settle for second place behind Germany Derby runner-up Lucky Lion in the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis at Munich.

Frankel's full-brother had been expected to return to winning ways back over a mile and a quarter following his agonising defeat in the mile-and-a-half Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

Though James Doyle had to use energy to get Noble Mission across from his wide draw to take a prominent position in the early stages, all seemed well when he hit the front in the straight.

However, the Lady Cecil-trained five-year-old had no answer to the challenge by Ioritz Mendizabal on Lucky Lion, who got on top close home to take Group One the prize.

Victory for Andreas Lowe's three-year-old paid a mighty compliment to Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hope Sea The Moon, who had thrashed him by 11 lengths in the Hamburg Classic.

A son of High Chaparral, Lucky Lion had been unbeaten in three starts this term until that race. The Group Two Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at Deauville next month is on the agenda now, according to Lowe, while Noble Mission could head next for the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes.