LODGE TRIUMPHS AS SENDAWAR IS RETIRED

Sun 3rd Sep 2000, 17:45
Amanda Perrett crowned her season when Indian Lodge gave her a first Group One success in the Emirates Prix du Moulin de Longchamp today.

But local hero Sendawar, who was withdrawn from the contest, has run his last race having been retired by owner the Aga Khan.

Indian Lodge, the mount of Cash Asmussen and returned at 11.3-1 on the pari-mutuel, was settled in second as Godolphin`s Fly To The Stars cut out the pace in the Longchamp prize.

Taking the lead over two furlongs out, the four-year-old galloped on strongly to beat the fast-finishing Kingsalsa (Olivier Peslier) with Godolphin`s Diktat (Frankie Dettori) a neck away third.

Heavy rain before the race played a part in Indian Lodge`s two-length victory with Perrett commenting: 'It`s a case of the softer the better for him.

'We made a mistake running him at Ascot last time but he might go back there for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes if the ground is right.'

Simon Crisford said of Diktat, 'He takes time to get going and Frankie said that he did that again today but he still finished well and ran a decent race.'

Diktat finished a nose in front of his stable companion Fly To The Stars with Sugarfoot and Golden Silca fifth and seventh of the eight runners respectively.

Sendawar had opened the 1-2 favourite at the first betting show only to be dramatically withdrawn 20 minutes before the race after a heavy shower drenched the already soft track.

The four-year-old won the French 2000 Guineas, the St James`s Palace Stakes and the Moulin last year for trainer Alain de Royer Dupre and started this term with an impressive success in the Prix d`Ispahan.

However, the colt has disappointed on his two subsequent starts, finishing fourth behind Dubai Millennium in the Prince Of Wales`s Stakes and second to Muhtathir in the Prix Jacques le Marois.

Rothmans Royals St Leger entry Shuwaib proved disappointing in the Group Three Prix de Lutece as Mick Channon`s charge faded from his front-running position to finish fourth of five under Frankie Dettori.

The race was won in impressive style by the Andre Fabre-trained Epitre, who scorched clear in the hands of Olivier Peslier to win by four lengths.

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