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Barry Lalor's Maarek takes the honours in Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamps

Updated: Sunday, 06 Oct 2013 14:12 | Comments

Maarek (centre) had previously won four Group races but this was his first Group 1 win
Maarek (centre) had previously won four Group races but this was his first Group 1 win

Tipperary trainer Barry Lalor landed a sensational Group 1 victory at Longchamp on Sunday when the lightening quick Maarek came late and fast to win the Qatar Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp, a top contest worth nearly €300,000.

Ridden by Declan McDonogh, the 15/2 shot found the early strides of the five-furlong sprint too hot to handle but as the leaders began to tire, McDonogh produced his mount between horses inside the final furlong to see off Catcall.

Maarek had won four Group races previously but this victory was his first at Group 1 level.

Hamza and Jwala were in a photo-finish for third, with the former just prevailing.

Lalor said: "We knew the horse was in good form and he likes the ground soft, but it's always risky with a hold-up horse as you never know what's going to happen.

"It's every trainer and owner's dream with a sprinter to end up in this race and I'd like to particularly thank my assistant Evanna McCutcheon for getting the horse here in such good shape.

"We'd like to go for the Ascot sprint he won last year now."

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