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Loxley narrowly beaten in Prix Dollar


Loxley was collared near the line to come home a close second in the 10-furlong G2 Prix Dollar at Longchamp, France, on Saturday, 6 October. 

The Charlie Appleby-trained New Approach colt, an impressive winner of the G2 Grand Prix de Deauville in August, raced in fourth of the nine runners early on under William Buick. 

He stayed on strongly on the outside of the field in the straight and moved up to dispute the running with Fabricate over a furlong from home.

Loxley edged in front just inside the final furlong but was headed in the dying strides by Alignement, who flew home to win by half a length in 2m 2.23s on good ground, with a further three-quarters of a length back to Fabricate in third. 

Charlie Appleby said: “Loxley has produced another good performance. He travelled strongly today and I think that a mile and a quarter is his trip now.

“He had a penalty for his win at Deauville and was a three-year-old coming up against older horses, so has lost little in defeat.

“That will be it for the season, although we will probably take him out to Dubai and look at a race like the Jebel Hatta (G1, 9f, 9 March) for him.”