Lope De Vega gave trainer Andre Fabre his fifth success in the Poule D'Essai Des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas) when foiling British raider Dick Turpin.

Maxime Guyon brought the son of Shamardal with a late run to hit the front in the final furlong and hold the determined challenge of Richard Hannon's runner.

Pacemakers Rajsaman and Forum Magnum set the gallop but in the straight both Classic Colori and Meezaan made brief bids for glory until the two principals took charge.

Lope De Vega just got first run and was always holding the Richard Hughes-ridden Dick Turpin, who also finished second in the British version at Newmarket. Shamalgan was third.