Joshua Tree felled by Verema
Ed Dunlop's Joshua Tree was agonisingly caught in the final few strides of the Darley Prix Kergolay by Verema who denied him back-to-back wins in the Group Two.
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Having shown little since joining Dunlop from Marco Botti, the six-year-old bounced right back to his best in the hands of Ryan Moore.
Moore set a pedestrian gallop, with Henry II winner Gloomy Sunday and Ascot Gold Cup third Top Trip just behind.
As they turned into the straight, however, Moore had managed to maintain his slender advantage and time was running out for his rivals to catch him.
All the time Christophe Lemaire was looking confident on Alain de Royer-Dupre's Verema, though, and despite racing keen throughout the filly found a smart turn of foot and eventually won pretty comfortably.
The rest finished in a heap with Dance Moves, Hammerfest, Top Trip and Gloomy Sunday separated by inches.
De Royer-Dupre said: "She has the potential to be a Group One filly and she may race abroad in the future."