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French G3 second and third

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Khagan finished second after trying to make all in the 12-furlong G3 Prix du Lys at Longchamp, France, on Sunday, 26 May, with the other Godolphin runner Moonlight Spiritinfo-icon staying on well to be third.

Khagan, trained by Andre Fabre and partnered by Mickael Barzalona, set a decent pace ahead of his four rivals.

The three-year-old colt, having his third start, was headed just inside the final furlong by the winner Quest The Moon, but kept on to go down by two and a half lengths. The victor’s time was 2m 31.27s on good to soft turf.

The Charlie Appleby-trained Moonlight Spirit, who came into the race unbeaten in three starts, was settled in third by James Doyle.

The three-year-old Dubawi colt could not initially respond in the straight when asked to improve, dropping back to fourth, but then stayed on well in the final furlong to come home third, a length and a quarter behind Khagan.

Godolphin’s Lisa-Jane Graffard reported: “Khagan ran very well - the positive tactics nearly paid off

“We will see how he comes out of this race and then make a plan about where to race next.”

Charlie Appleby said: “Moonlight Spirit took a lead today so it was a different style of racing for him as he had made most of the running on his three previous outings.

“We came here to see whether he was best over a mile and a half or a stayer.

“He stayed on well to the line and we will now be stepping him up in trip, with the Queen’s Vase (G2, 1m 6f, Royal Ascot, June 19) the likely target.”