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Gemix triumphs in French Champion Hurdle at Auteuil

Updated: Sunday, 09 Jun 2013 16:40 | Comments

Solwhit and Celestial Halo were both found wanting against the progressive Gemix in Paris
Solwhit and Celestial Halo were both found wanting against the progressive Gemix in Paris

Gemix kept the French Champion Hurdle on home soil when taking the Grande Course de Haies d'Auteuil at the Paris track.

The five-year-old made just about all the running over to beat off a strong challenge from Ireland and Britain.

The Nicolas Bertran de Balanda-trained entire pulled out all the stops for jockey David Cottin and the 8-1 shot swept to victory from the Charles Byrnes-trained Solwhit, the 5-4 favourite.

Zaidpour (22-1), from the Willie Mullins stable, put in his best work at the finish to claim third place, with the Paul Nicholls-trained Celestial Halo not too far away.

Mullins' Thousand Stars, winner of this race for the last two years, could never strike a blow, while the Nick Williams-trained Reve De Sivola faded tamely in the straight after showing up well for most of the Grade One contest.

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