SO Toronto Star (TOR)
LP --- Irish colt wins Arc despite objection --- PARIS (AP) - Carroll House of Ireland took control at the top of the stretch and captured the 68th running of the $1.3 million Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Europe's richest horse race, yesterday after surviving a foul claim.
TX Owned by an Italian-based Swiss industrialist, trained in England and ridden by an Irishman, Carroll House earned about $770,000 for the victory. But, with Michael Kinane aboard, Carroll House was contested for the victory by the second-place finisher, Behera, with Alain Lequeux riding. Saint Andrews, owned by Frank Stronach of Toronto, finished third. In the stretch run, Carroll House held off the challenges of Behera and Saint Andrews by a length and a half. Behera finished second by a short neck over Saint Andrews, a horse bought by Stronach in Europe which does most of its running in England, with one of the favorites, filly Young Mother, fourth. Lequeux lodged an objection against Carroll House for hampering him on the inside in the final stretch and forcing him to go to the outside. At the news conference following the race, the red-haired Kinane said he felt "both lucky and relieved" after the race and the objection. "There is very little interference," Kinane said. "My horse drew to the right. "He usually has a tendency to draw to the left." However, the objection was overruled and the original results stood. "I didn't affect his (Behera's) chances, that's for sure," Kinane said. Carroll House, a 4-year-old Irish bred colt, was coming off a victory at the Phoenix Champions race in Ireland. * The Aga Khan had two horses in the race, Behera and Aliysa, both with top credentials and four victories between them in their last six outings. However, Behera was the only one to run well yesterday. None of the top favorites - Young Mother, Star Lift, Cacoethes or In the Wings - finished in the money. Young Mother and Star Lift led early with Harvest Time before relinquishing the lead to Behera before the final turn. Behera was passed first by Saint Andrews and then Carroll House. Carroll House quickened his pace and pulled clear with more than a furlong to go. Sierra Roberta came in fifth. In the Wings, who had won his only three races, returning last month after a year out of action, was among the pre-race favorites. He finished 11th. Cacoethes, the principal hope among the six British runners in the race and ridden by American Steve Cauthen, was in trouble early in the straight and beat only three home in the 19-horse field. The absence of Nashwan made Carroll House's task easier. Nashwan was hailed as one of Europe's best horses of the last decade, but the British colt failed in the Prix Niel here last month and was pulled out of the Arc de Triomphe. Prior to the loss, he was unbeaten in six races over the past two years. Toronto touch: All three finishers in L'Arc de Triomphe are nominees to the Rothmans at Woodbine on Oct. 22 and another Toronto owner, Steve Stavro, also had a successful afternoon at Longchamp yesterday. Stavro's 4-year-old filly Zadracarta was narrowly defeated by Silver Fling in the five-furlong Group One Ciga Prix de L'Abbaye. Zadracarta, saddled by Pat Collins, led all the way before being nipped at the wire and Silver Fling also had to withstand a claim of foul by Tony Cruz who rode Zadracarta. LOCAL KEYWORDS: HORSE RACING
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