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2008 Arc de Triomphe Weekend - Saturday Stakes Part 1

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Bannaby wins the 2008 Prix du Cadran
Bannaby wins the 2008 Qatar Prix du Cadran

Bannaby wins the 2008 Qatar Prix du Cadran at Longchamp in Paris

© Vanessa Ng
The €250,000 ($345,000 U.S.) Qatar Prix du Cadran (G1) was originally run on Arc day but this year was moved to Saturday. This 4000-meter (about 2 1/2 mile) marathon features the best stayers in Europe. Defending champion Yeats and Noble Prince were coupled in the wagering and sent off as the 7-10 favorite over 7-2 second choice Kasbah Bliss and 9-1 third choice Incanto Dream.

Noble Prince led most of the way while being stalked by Orion Star in second. Both Kasbah Blitz and Yeats stayed close to the pace a few lengths behind. At the 3/8 pole, Noble Prince tired allowing Orion Star to inherit the lead into the stretch. However, Bannaby, who was 4th early, put in his bid in mid stretch to take over the lead at the 3/16 pole. Incanto Dream, held up early, put in a good rally late but Bannaby dug in and held him off by a head in 4:22.20. It was another 1/2 length back to Orion Star third. Yeats was prominent early but did not show any late rally, disappointing in fifth.
Results chart from Sporting Life

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