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Prix de L’Abbaye - Sunday 3rd October 2010 

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Gilt Edge Girl Strikes Prix de L’Abbaye Gold
03/10/10

1 Gilt Edge Girl 53/1
2 Lady Of The Desert 7/2
3 Mar Adentro 20/1

Gilt Edge Girl gave Clive Cox and Luke Morris Group One glory with an impressive performance in the Qatar Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp.

The four-year-old raced tight to the rail throughout, having broken from stall one, and was never far away from the pace.

Once sent to the front, the chestnut quickly opened up a sizeable advantage and had enough in the tank to hold off fellow filly and British raider Lady Of The Desert, with Mar Adentro claiming third.

Gilt Edge Girl won a Leopardstown Group Three earlier in the season and Cox felt the testing ground had helped her make the transition to Group One winner.

He said: "It's a great feeling. She has been improving all the way through the season and when I saw her odds were 50-1 on the PMU, it made it look like she wasn't fancied.

"She has good Group Two form, has a really big heart, and loves the ground. I'm very pleased for Luke, he's a very good jockey."

Morris added: "I got the splits and actually ended up in front sooner than I would have liked, but she ground it out well.

Lady Of The Desert
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Lady Of The Desert

"Clive gave me my first Group winner with this filly in Ireland and now my first at the top level. It's fantastic."

Brian Meehan was equally delighted with the effort of Lady Of The Desert after what has been a mixed campaign.

He said: "I'm really pleased. She won well at Ascot but she's only just starting back at sprinting really and is still sharpening up. She'll stay in training next year."

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