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Nucifera takes Boutin glory

The Richard Hannon yard was denied another win in the Prix Francois Boutin as Nucifera ran out an impressive winner at Deauville.

Successful in the Listed race with Bunker 12 months ago, the stable was represented by Vintage Stakes runner-up Tupi who was sent off the odds-on favourite.

The juvenile broke well and raced in second against the rail as the Olivier Peslier-ridden Iceberg made the running but both horses came under pressure with a quarter of a mile to run.

Tupi was struggling to pick up for Richard Hughes but lost all chance when the tired leader rolled across him, causing Hughes to snatch up.

Nucifera, in contrast, enjoyed a clear run down the outside and picked up in taking fashion to win cosily, extending his career record to three wins in as many starts.

Iceberg passed the post second, ahead of Tupi, but the places were reversed by the stewards.

Trained by Jonathan Pease, the son of More Than Ready holds entries in the Royal Lodge Stakes and the Dewhurst as well as next season's Derby.

It was a poignant outcome to winning connections, as Boutin trained the likes of of Nureyev, Miesque, Hector Protector and Kingmambo for the Niarchos Family, whose colours were carried by Nucifera.

Alan Cooper, racing manager to the Niarchos family, said: "It's our first win in the Boutin after many years of trying and this is an emotional moment."

A next likely target for the well-entered Nucifera is the Prix La Rochette at Longchamp in early September and the winning jockey, Christophe Lemaire, was impressed commenting: "There is no shortage of class."