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2008 Arc de Triomphe Weekend - Saturday Stakes Part 2


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Balladeuse wins the Prix De Royallieu
Balladeuse wins the Qatar Prix De Royallieu at Longchamp

Balladeuse wins the Qatar Prix De Royallieu over Tres Rapide and Dar Re Mi at Longchamp in Paris

© Vanessa Ng
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)

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