There were four Group 2 stakes events on Saturday, each for a purse of €130,000 ($180,000 U.S.) The Qatar Prix de Royallieu (G2) is a 2500-meter (about 1 9/16 mile) trip for older fillies and mares. Honoria and Mimetico battled for the lead for 1 1/4 miles, while favorite Dar Re Mi stalked them close to the pace the whole way. At the 1/4 pole, Dar Re Mi passed the tiring pacesetters to take the lead, but 33-1 outsider Balladeuze, slow most of the way and 10th at the top of the lane, closed well down the center of the course to take over the lead at the 1/8 pole. Balladeuse was all out to hold off late-running Tres Rapide at the line in 2:38.30. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to Dar Re Mi third.
Results chart from Sporting Life
On to the 2008 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - won by the undefeated 3-year-old filly Zarkava
On to the Arc undercard stakes - the Prix de l'Opera, Prix de l'Abbaye, Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, and Prix Marcel Boussac. All are Group 1 races.
On to Saturday Stakes Part 1 - the Prix de la Foret (G1) and Prix du Cadran (G1)