Moonlight Spirit second in G2 Prix Chaudenay
Moonlight Spirit was collared near the line when attempting to make all in the 15-furlong G2 Prix Chaudenay at Longchamp, France, on Saturday, 5 October.
The three-year-old colt, an impressive winner over the same course and distance in the G3 Prix de Lutece for Charlie Appleby at the start of September, was sent to the front of the 10-strong field by William Buick leaving the stalls.
Moonlight Spirit kicked for home with three furlongs to race and built up a significant advantage over a furlong out, only for Technician to quicken strongly and head the son of Dubawi well inside the final half-furlong. Technician won by three-quarters of a length in 3m 19.86s on very soft ground, with another two lengths back to Iskanderhon in third.
Charlie Appleby said: “Moonlight Spirit ran another good race and was beaten a horse who had previously won a G3 contest on soft ground.
“He dictated the pace in the Prix de Lutece and we feel that style of running suits him well. On another day, and on quicker ground, he may well have held on.
“We will put him away now and he can hopefully progress into a nice staying horse next season.”